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Revival effort at Shrine of the North American Martyrs

July 04, 2016

The National Catholic Register reports on the effort to restore-- and restore interest in-- the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, New York.

Administered for over a century by the Jesuits whose predecessors died there, the Shrine has seen a dwindling number of visitors/pilgrims, and in 2015 the Jesuits ended their involvement. The Diocese of Albany has taken over, with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger enlisting the help of lay leaders to restore the Shrine.


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  • Posted by: Tim S. - Jul. 05, 2016 2:04 PM ET USA

    The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine is located close by. That's worth a visit too. The Conventual Franciscan friars staff it.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Jul. 04, 2016 6:00 PM ET USA

    When we remember - and this remembering is almost unbearable - the sufferings of these men ( we understand how important it is that their shrine be restored. We also understand how far the once-mighty and once-great Jesuit order has fallen from the splendor of its original calling.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jul. 04, 2016 5:59 PM ET USA

    I've been to that wonderful shrine. A rare kind of place that evokes thoughts of the earliest elements of our Country. it is deeply moving and keeps before us all the heroic spirit of the martyrs while challenging the visitor to live with greater fidelity and dedication. I grew up not too far from the Shrine and treasured it. The great Jesuits who lived among the Indians were models of nobility. We need their intercession to return to our Catholic American heart. Go there. It is worth it.