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


The second apparition features a special stone from the church in
Bardstown, KY where Vincentian priests stopped on their journey to
Perryville, Missouri 200 years ago


The new ornate kneelers are ready for prayer


Four new kneelers are installed at the grotto


Work continues on the first apparition


Church renovations continue to move forward with completion
scheduled for the 1st of August!


Work continues on the side altars of church


Work begins on the second apparition


Work begins on the first apparition  


The finishing touches are added to the grotto  


The cross has been safely set in place in the water feature  


Our Lady of Grace is back where she belongs  


Our Lady of Grace gently returns to her home in the grotto  


The Meditation Walk is nearing completion  


The new Cross is set in place along the Rosary Walk  


Our Lady of the Mound...restored and returned to her home  


The new 4 foot tall Miraculous Medal has been placed
on the new Rosary Walk  


The newly restored St. Vincent de Paul statue has been set in place
in anticipation of May Procession on May 6th at 1:00 p.m.  


Arial view of the grotto and rosary walk  


New sod gets laid into place around the welcome and crucifix plazas  


The Grotto pavers are being set. The area should be ready for
the May Procession.  


The new welcome plaza gets finishing touches  


Work continues on the grotto  


The finishing touches are done on the main altar  


Scaffolding is moved to work on the back of church.
Church will be open for daily mass beginning April 2nd.  


A new roof gets put on the Shrine replacing the brown shingles  


Hand-railing gets secured in front of church  


New hand-railing goes up on the church steps  


The new bronze statue of Mary is temporarily placed to determine
spacing of the kneelers and additional statue of Jesus  


Work continues on the many details of the church and Shrine  


There is still time if you haven't had a chance to donate!
Call 1.800.264.MARY (6279) to find out how you can help.

The Stations of the Cross get every detail restored, repaired, and repainted  


Restoring the many statues in the church  


The painting in the dome of the Shrine gets cleaned, repainted
where needed, and detailed  


The altar in the Shrine gets re-grouted after hours of detailed cleaning  


The altar in the Shrine gets some much needed cleaning  


Church painting continues with special focus on the many works of art.
A painter repaints one of the stations of the cross.  


The second bridge will be the perfect connection between the Rosary Walk and grotto  


The second bridge is finished while work on the grotto continues  


The tile roof gets put on the new welcome plaza and will match the roof of the church  


Scaffolding continues to go up near the Shrine as the area is prepared for painting  


Scaffolding goes up in church as we begin painting  


A break in the cold weather has allowed for more work on the bridges  


Workers add stone to one of the new bridges. Note the stone cross
being added to the center section.  


A break in the below freezing weather has allowed for the second
cross to be poured  


The new water feature and stone bridge are taking shape  


Grotto work continues despite cold weather  


The concrete for the new entrance to the cemetery has been poured  


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