Milestones

1946
(June 23) Established by Bishop Haas of Grand Rapids, with the appointment of Fr. Charles Brophy as Pastor
(June 26) First Mass offered in Town Hall by Fr. A.J. LeRoux
1949
New Church designed by Alden Dow in Longhouse style dedicated
Fr. Brophy suggest that a large wooden Cross be erected as the focal point of an outdoor Church
1953
(July) A large redwood tree is cut down in the mountains of Oregon to be later fashioned into the new Cross
1954
The Marist Fathers assume leadership of the Parish and Shrine
(Aug 5) The Cross is erected on Calvary Hill
1956
Outdoor altar and Holy Stairs are blessed by Bishop Babcock
1957
Life size marble statue of Our Lady of the Highway blessed and placed in the center lawn of the Shrine near the highway
1959
Bronze corpus designed by Marshall Fredericks is attached to the Cross, formal dedication is August 16
1961
Diocese of Grand Rapids again assumes leadership of the Shrine and Parish
1961-1964
Extensive building projects are undertaken including: new outdoor restrooms, gift shop, rectory addition, church addition, outdoor granite altar and ambo, parking lot and parish cemetery were added
1964
Wally and Sally Rogalski of Saginaw donate their collection of dolls dressed in religious garb to create the new Doll Museum
1971
New life size wooden statue of Kateri Tekakwitha blessed
Gaylord Diocese is formed
1979
New Family Center built and dedicated
1983
Name changed from Indian River Catholic Shrine to Cross In The Woods
1986-1987
Complete renovation of Shrine grounds, Hall of Saints, Resurrection Garden, and St. Peregrine statue added
1989
Franciscan Friars assume leadership of Shrine and Parish
1992
Restoration of the Cross and Corpus
1994
Statue of St. Francis of Assisi, and Shrine of St. Peregrine added
1996
50th anniversary of Parish and groundbreaking for new Church
1997
(June 29) New Church dedicated
1999
Gift Shop addition completed
2001
New Bronze Kateri Tekakwitha statue blessed
2008
Death of Fr. Donard Paulus, OFM, first Franciscan pastor at Cross in the Woods
2010
Completion of Phase One of Cross Restoration
2012
Addition of Fr. Michael McGivney Memorial