backroads way of cross

Tucked into the hill behind the New Ulm Medical Center you’ll find an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life. The Way of the Cross was built there in 1904 and since that time visitors have followed the path which retells the story of Christ’s trial, crucifixion and death.

Along the hilly pathway is 14 stations, a grotto in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and chapel which provides a memorial and tribute to Christ.

The construction of the shrine began in 1903. It was an idea by Father Alexander Berghold and Sister Flavia of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It was Flavia’s leadership and determination which led to the fruition of the shrine. Flavia and her fellow sisters were instrumental in building of it. They excavated and prepared much of the construction area. That work included tirelessly pushing wheelbarrows filled with cobblestones up to the hilly site. The stones would be used in the creation of the path and rock wall.

At the end of the peaceful path you’ll find a quaint chapel dedicated to the Sorrowful Mother. Near the chapel is the peak of the hill which provides views of New Ulm as well as the Minnesota River Valley. 

The Way of the Cross offers visitors a peaceful, tranquil respite where many stop to mediate and pray. Along with the stations, the path includes bountiful arrays of beautiful wildflowers and shrubbery. The shrine is owned by the Diocese of New Ulm with Way of the Cross committee members maintaining the property.

The Way of the Cross is located behind the NUMC on 5th Street North. The path is open every day and is free to the public. The chapel is open from April to October.   

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