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Association of the Miraculous Medal
St. Mary's of the Barrens Renovation Progress - 2017



A new bridge is going up near the grotto  


The statue of St. Vincent de Paul has been completely restored  


The statue of St. John Gabriel Perboyre has been completely restored  


The crucifix plaza is being formed and prepared for concrete  


The new flooring in the Shrine has been completed  


The new church flooring is nearing completion  


The new church floors are being buffed and prepared for a second coat of finish  


The steel forms of the new Welcome Plaza have been erected  


The Our Lady of Grace Statue from the grotto has been completely
restored after removing over 30 layers of paint  


The Our Lady of Grace statue from the grotto during restoration  


The Rosary Plaza and adjoining walkways are beginning to take shape  


The new creek is being installed near the grotto  


The back section of the grotto has been cleaned and restored  


During restoration, we discovered the grotto is hollow. This is a view of the inside of the grotto looking up  


Details emerge on this statue of St. Vincent de Paul as more than 30 coats
of paint are being removed after 100 years  


Restoration of the statues located around the grounds begins  


A construction worker hand scrubs each rock of the grotto
in preparation for tuck pointing and restoration  


The area under the grotto is being prepared for the new candlearium and restoration  


Construction workers begin arranging rocks for the new water feature located near the grotto  


The basement of the church is rarely seen
and will be inspected for termites in the upcoming weeks  


Preparation has started in the grotto area for the new water feature. The old bridge has been removed in preparation for a more accessible entrance  


Construction workers carefully remove the overgrown bushes from the cemetery in preparation for new sidewalks  


Concrete pouring begins on the Rosary Walk leading from the mound to the grotto  


The welcome plaza begins to take shape  


Work on the church floors continues. Worn spots are where old pews used to sit.  

Your help with this project is greatly appreciated. Make your contribution today!

Interior church restorations begin  


The old mound walkway has been removed in preparation for the Rosary Walk  


Photo of the top of the grotto. 7.20.1918 - date of completion carved in the cement  


Side entrance to the Votive Light Room getting updated with new concrete  


Preparing to pour concrete close to the grotto  


The Our Father beads are going in  


AMM staff and friends gather to enjoy the solar eclipse in the new drop-off area of church  


Planting the seeds of faith for the next generation  


Mother and child on a bell in the bell tower  


Checking the St. Boniface bells in the tower  


Aerial view of the new drop-off area in front of church  


Looking at lighting options for the bell tower  


Front parking lot is prepared for new bus drop-off area  


Front turn-around area beginning to be poured  


The beads are beginning to be connected   


Another bead link is finished. Note the 1907 Seminary water tower in the distance   


New steps and walkways are prepared for the new church entrance   


Roger and Peggy Steinbecker take a sneak peak at all the renovations.   


    Beginning to connect the beads   


   This oak, overlooking the Vincentian cemetery, is from an acorn of the oak
at St. Vincent's home in France. Look for it on the Rosary Walk.   


    Finished bead by the cabin and the Vincentian cemetery   


    Finished bead approaching the Vincentian cemetery   


    Cross walkway coming together. View from church doors   


    Church walk begins to take shape   


    Forms ready for concrete on the church entrance walk   


Front porch of church is now wide enough for wheelchairs   


    Stairs at the church entrance have been completed   


    Preparing the Entry Plaza area for concrete  


Ask us how you can help contribute to this historic project! 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

    Removing the old walking path  


    Work continues on the church entrance   




Reserve your walkway bead today! Only 40 left! 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

 Finished bead that will connect the walking path    

    Choosing concrete colors   


    AMM staff tour the grounds renovations   


    Forming the church entrance for concrete   


Ask us how you can help with interior church renovations. 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

    Forms ready to pour beads   


    Log cabin on the grounds, pre-renovation   


    Preparing for concrete on the church entrance   


    Putting up concrete forms   


    Digging the path by the church   


Call us to reserve your walking path section. 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

    Preparing beads for concrete   


    A section of the walking path showing bead forms   


    Leveling ground for apparitions   


Ask us how you can help with the apparition statues. 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

   Removing the Blessed Mother statue from the grotto   


    Carefully bringing the statue to ground level   


    Preparing to remove Our Blessed Mother statue   


Ask us how you can contribute to the grotto renovations! 1.800.264.MARY(6279)


    Ground breaking on the church entrance   


    Removing Our Lady of the Mounds statue   


    Transporting the statue for restoration   


    Close up of statue pre-restoration   


Ask us how you can help statue restorations today! 1.800.264.MARY(6279)

    View of church entrance ground breaking   


    Leveling ground for the Rosary Walk   


Call us about Rosary Walk areas still available for reservation! 1.800.264.MARY(6279)


    Close up of stairs removed from the church entrance   


    Statue of St. Vincent de Paul pre-restoration