Advertisement
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Shrine has raised a half million in fundraising drive

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

AURIESVILLE -- Since beginning a fundraising effort, the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs has raised more than $500,000 and will be able to remain open.

While the hope is to raise $1 million, the shrine has raise enough to cover some of the major capital improvements, including a roof replacement on both the 82-year-old coliseum and the St. Kateri Chapel, replacement of 72 windows in the coliseum and repairs to the 2-ton tilted crucifix.

Saratoga-based TV and radio personality Joey Caruso, who is coordinating the fundraiser, said the projects would not have been possible without the donations have been coming in from all around the world including Italy, France, Portugal, Vietnam, New Mexico, and California.

"There is a message here that these holy grounds, that are associated with four saints, are loved, and these holy grounds are respected out of memory of what used to be," Caruso said. "These people are passing this down to the next generation of Christians."

Caruso has been involved with the effort since last year, and helped devise the list of major improvements needed to prevent closure. In addition to the aforementioned projects, the campus needs a new water system to meet code, updated electrical work and interior painting due to water damage.

The fundraiser will continue into 2015 with the hope of raising another $500,000 to fund the remaining projects, but Caruso said he expects to make the goal.

"We had a woman donate $10,000 and then a few days later donate another $5,000. A woman from Alabama sent a check for $10,000," he said. "The outpouring of love is remarkable."

In November, the Rev. George H. Belgarde indicated the shrine was having trouble making payroll and funding day-to-day operations due to a decrease in attendance and collections.

The holy grounds saw a boost in attendance in connection with the October 2012 canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, but the numbers have since dropped compared to the past two years.

The site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs was once a 17th century Mohawk village called Ossernenon, where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. The Rev. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and John Lalande, a lay missionary, are the only canonized American martyrs. Together with five Jesuit priests killed in the native missions of Canada, they are known as the North American Martyrs.

The "Lily of the Mohawks," St. Kateri Tekakwitha, was born on the grounds in 1656.

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

Most Popular

    Area high school sports calendar
    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Amsterdam man dies in car crash on Route 67
    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Cheryl Reese recognized as 30-year employee for county
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    John H. Gentile
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Agencies ask county to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products
    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Council to ID skills community colleges need to emphasize
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Students' success recognized at inaugural dinner
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    What's Happening
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Stephen J. Widanka
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Legislature sends local law for solar projects back to committee
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook