The Four Prayer Trails
Stations of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion. Our stations are traditional icons that will be replaced by original, one-of-a-kind stations that include St. Pio suffering with Our Lord on His journey to Calvary. Currently, there are two original art stations and twelve traditional icons.
The Memorare Trail: The Memorare is one of the most beautiful pleas to Our Lady to seek aid and comfort. The trail breaks the prayer up into 10 segments on beautiful plaques in both English and Spanish, so you can meditate on each section as you stroll to the next. At the end of the trail, a surprise awaits you on the hill.
Trail of Saints with a Medical Ministry: The images along this trail are of saints who made an impact on the medical field. Every statue is an original. The images will slowly be replaced by 30 ” specially commissioned marble statues. Father John Rocus, Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Brighton, Michigan, designed this trail.
St. John of God | St. Martin de Porres | St. Marianne Cope | St. Mother Teresa | Sts. Cosmas & Damian | St. Luke the Physician | St. Damien De Veuster | St. Giuseppe Moscati
God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines Trail. Bishop Boyea named this trail to reflect its very crooked path, much like the crooked path we have encountered in building this Prayer Campus, and the path most of us journey in the course of our spiritual lives. The Saints along this trail remind us that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely people to do His Work. What a comfort to those of us who struggle in so many ways throughout our lives.
Saint Thérèse wrote: “I love to read the lives of the saints very much. The account of their heroic deeds inflames my courage and spurs me on to imitate them.”
Creation of the Trails: When the Diocese of Lansing and Bishop Boyea donated this land to Catholic Healthcare International, it was beautiful, wild, and dense woodlands.
As St. Pio has guided this project, he brought the right people at the right time. A team of people has worked thousands of hours to create a peaceful place of prayer. If not for Joan, Gary, and Daryl Otten, this could not have happened.
When they were called, they jumped in. They had the experience and equipment to clear trails. Joan would walk through as the Holy Spirit guided her as Gary followed in the skid steer taking down brush and clearing paths. As you walk these paths, what a blessing to know they were guided by the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Grace Mural Wall
Located in a natural tree hollow that creates the feeling of a ‘grotto’ made by God, St. Pio’s favorite picture stands framed in stone.
More to come…
The sculpture of Young Saint Pio is based on a rare image of St. Pio when he was young, sitting on a hill under a magnificent tree.
Jere Palazzolo had the idea to have the 1,500 pound Young Saint Pio travel to different parishes before being placed on the Prayer Campus. The statue traveled across Michigan and Ohio, touching hearts at every stop.
More to come….