Mar 30 2010

The Way of the Cross, New Ulm, Minnesota

Just before Holy Week, I took my kids to visit a place in New Ulm, Minnesota, that they didn’t even know was there.  We drove through town, up the hill past the hospital, and turned into a parking lot that they’d never noticed before, leading to the Way of the Cross.

Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross was built in 1903 and 1904 on the hillside above what was then St. Alexander Hospital.  The Catholic Sisters who built it did so by pushing wheelbarrows of stone for the paths and stations.

Also known as the “Stations,” the Way of the Cross depicts fourteen scenes in the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ.  Some of the stations come from Biblical references, while others are based on Catholic tradition.

Way of the Cross station

In addition to the stations, the Way of the Cross includes a statues of Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Francis of Assisi, the Lourdes Grotto, and a chapel dedicated to the Sorrowful Mother of Jesus.


A brochure available at the Way of the Cross explains each of the stations, and the adjacent Loretto Park is a place for rest and reflection.

The Way of the Cross holds both religious and historical significance, and is worth a visit if you’re in New Ulm.  The Way of the Cross is located on 5th North Street, just west of New Ulm Medical Center.

More about New Ulm, MN, at Uptake.


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