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  1. Missy Farber
    September 26, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    Thank you so much for this site. I went to Auriesville in 2000 and wish I could return, since I never went to the ravine. There are some new images here. Do they still have notre dame de la foi in the tree? The rosary on the lawn?
    I hope there will be a resurgence of interest in the North American Martyrs when St. Kateri is canonized.

    • Chris
      September 26, 2012 @ 9:11 am

      Thanks for reading Missy. The ravine is definitely a good reason to make a return visit!

      I’m not sure that we saw a Notre Dame de la Foi, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I even went on the shrine website to see if I could find more info, but I didn’t see anything there. The rosary on the lawn is definitely still there, right next to the ‘cross of trees’ and the Our Lady of Fatima statue.

      I agree. Upstate NYers may not be aware of how fantastic it is that not only one, but TWO women from Upstate NY are being canonized next month! It’s a great time for learning and visiting all these shrines.

  2. Debbie Dunham
    October 22, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    You are quite an explorer, Chris! I visited the Auriesville Shrine & the area MANY times as a child with my great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and my sister. Fond memories (now, – 40 years later!) as I raise my own children. We’ll have to make this a stop in the near future. I feel the peacefulness you describe as I read your blog. Thank you.

    May all your travels be safe and blessed.

    • Chris
      January 14, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

      Debbie, many thanks for traveling to the blog and saying hello. I hope the shrine is just as inspiring as it was to you 40 years ago! If you see me walking around when you’re there, say hello! 🙂

  3. Gerald Joseph Skrocki
    December 24, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    The former Jesuit dormitory on the grounds of the Auriesville Shrine is the home of Buddhist Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi and his monks who teach the Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Dharma.They have also purchased and converted two abandoned Catholic Churches in Amsterdam,NY. The former St Michael’s Church on Grove Street is now the Goddess of Mercy Temple while the former St, Casimirs Church on East Main is the Five Buddha Temple.

    • Chris
      December 24, 2012 @ 11:24 am

      Thanks Gerald! Ironically, I was searching for things a few days ago and came across your blog…which has a surprising similar feel to it! While reading through, I was able to find out more about that former Jesuit dorm, and then the other two locations–glad you have it up on your blog! Tons of great info about the Buddhist community in your area. Maybe this summer we’ll have to make another trip down that way, and you can show us around.

  4. Bryan
    January 14, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Thank You So much This was very helpful. This was exactly what i need for my report. This was very informative and descriptive. I thank you so very much for this website

    • Chris
      January 14, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      Awesome–glad to hear you were able to get some good info on your report Bryan. Sorta makes me wish I had done my homework when I was in school! lol

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  7. Sandra Lunkenheimer
    June 18, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    We would be very pleased to donate to help save the Shrine. My husband and I and both our families have been coming to it for many, many years. Wonderful for everyone. We would like to know if we do donate, and things do not go forward, what will become of the donated money’s? What lovely information you have brought here for people to see. But of course there is nothing like seeing it for yourself right? Thank you, S. Lunkenheimer

  8. Frank FAAS
    October 10, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Been going there since 1951 when in 8th grade at the former St. Patrick’s School in Albany NY I am now 78 widowed but since 1979 being founder of Sanctuary House at the request our Bl. mother in 1951 by way of her apparition to me when 14 …known to Bishops Hubbard and his successor, various clergy and nuns some gone to god this request caused sanctuary house soon to be built as a contemplative residence for laity brothers of the passion of Christ in the Albany NY area….where you may visit and veneration Our Lady’s statute and learn of our ministry … We brothers will visit Aurisville often as well as the shrine of St. Kateri.
    518 364-6149 (do NOT use the e mail found there but the one seen here).

  9. Frank FAAS
    October 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    The Buddhist temple you were told was once a school was originally a Catholic Jesuit retreat house part of the catholic shrine you visited of the north American martyrs the Buddhist bought the house … I have been going to Auriesvilke since 1951…..

    I will keep in contact cause one day you will be able to visit the catholic chapel of our lady of the flowers(souls) on the property of the sanctuary house staffed by we laity brothers of the passion of Christ to be built on a knoll in valley falls Ny
    It will be opened to visitors only twice a year due to our contrmplative living.

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