Volunteers Give New Life to Stations of the Cross at Nazareth

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

July 11, 2024

On Tuesday, July 9, a small group of volunteers gathered at Nazareth to clean up the historic Stations of the Cross.

These significant landmarks, primarily original to 1930, have been a central part of the campus, offering a place for reflection and prayer for nearly a century. Years of exposure to the elements left the Stations covered in a layer of grime and moss. Volunteers worked diligently throughout Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, carefully cleansing each one.

The Stations, often referred to in the annals as “stone slabs,” feature intricate bronze plaques and mosaics set within diamond cutouts in the capitals. These were masterfully completed by artist Amadeo P. Nardini, who also crafted the three Carrara marble altars in the church. Over time, the Stations have undergone several changes, including being painted and having their original images, which rapidly degraded, replaced between 1932 and 1936.

Sister Luke Boiarski, director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program, guided the volunteers. She encouraged them to reflect on the significance of each Station and its meaning in their lives. This reflective approach enhanced the volunteers’ connection to their work and had them discussing the imagery and history of the Stations throughout the day.

The cleanup efforts made a noticeable improvement in the appearance of the Stations, brightening them for passersby and ensuring the location continues to be a place of contemplation and spiritual guidance for those who visit.

5 Comments

  1. Betty Pate

    Thanks to all who worked on the restoration of the Stations. They look so clean and new. Prayerfully and beautifully done!

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  2. Betty Pate

    Thanks to all who worked on the restoration of the Stations. They look so clean and new.

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  3. Shirley Patterson

    Thank you so very much.

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  4. Martha Bourne

    Congratulations to those of you who returned the Stations to their beauty.
    A beautiful place for one to reflect and pray.
    Sr. Martha Bourne, Maryknoll Missioner &
    graduate of Nazareth College.

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  5. Annette Skees

    Thank you for your hard work. The stations look great!

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