Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fatima Family Shrine, Alexandria, SD

This was a beautiful little shrine in very rural South Dakota, a few miles east of Mitchell (famous for its Corn Palace) along the I-90. We only noticed this shrine from a roadside sign just before the exit and it was a nice time to take a break and walk around. We were delighted by the variety of outdoor statues and monuments and the beautiful parish church (which dates from 1905) is gorgeous! We were surprised and delighted to find that it was listed in Roadside Geology of South Dakota because of its use of rose quartzite on the exterior.

This shrine was founded by Fr. Robert Fox when he was pastor of this little parish (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the parish).

Not only was this a great place to walk around, but they were very nice about letting us make a bathroom stop and pointed out the adjacent Carmlite Monastery and bookstore where we picked up a few items of interest.

We took loads of photos of the outdoor statues, stained glass windows, etc. Click here to see the photo set.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful photos. My eldest and I really enjoyed looking at the photos of the Fatima Family Shrine.