Local News and Stories

A fall update from the National Shrine of St. Therese

By: Joe Sehnert – Director of the national Shrine of St. Therese

Paving the way

The Shrine’s gravel roads have served pilgrims well over the past 20 years. But recently the top layer of material has begun to thin out exposing the road base. Small rivulets have begun to appear as the rain water began to follow the road rather than running off to the side. This is because the “crown” that the top layer of material once had eroded.
Several years ago we had to do some work on our septic tank which is down by the caretaker cabin. Since then there has been a persistent pool of mud in the handicapped parking area.

We are very grateful to the benefactor who donated money to raise the handicapped parking area and asphalt the surface. The benefactor also gave us some additional funds to begin putting a new crown on the gravel roadway. We hope to start the project in spring of 2018.IMG_1724

If you would like to help the Shrine resurface the roadway – please send your donations to: Shrine of St. Therese, 415 Sixth St. Juneau, AK 99801 attn: resurfacing project. Thank you!

New Columbaria

The Shrine recently installed three new columbarium units, two double niche units and one single niche unit.

Twenty years ago the first four units were installed, then two additional units were added. The six units are at 85% capacity. We figured that 6 units provided for the community for 20 years – that three new units would serve us for the following ten years.
We are very grateful to some special volunteers who made the installation possible. They are the kind of folks who want no recognition…and live by the words of Jesus’ that the right hand shouldn’t know what the left hand is doing (Matthew 6:3)…But they are always there when needed – and the whole community is grateful.

If you are interested in more information on the columbarium go to our website :
or call Joe at 636-628-7270

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