Restore the Cross

Phase one of three phases to “Restore the Cross” has been completed. The cross, paver landing and all associated expenses were paid through your generous donations.


Restore the Outdoor Altar

Outdoor Altar Rendering

Soon we would like to start phase two. This will include:

  • Removing all marble slabs, repairing and cleaning.
  • The altar foundation will be inspected and repaired as needed.
  • Handicap access onto the altar now has to be added.
  • Resetting of the marble and new grouting will be done.

The outdoor altar is the centerpiece of our summer services. The outdoor Mass is an important tradition to many visitors and families. To continue this tradition we need to restore and enhance our beautiful marble to it's original state. Only with your help can we complete this phase of the restoration.

Outdoor Mass will continue during the restoration with a portable altar. Please come and experience the Mass under the Cross and the Northern Michigan Sky. Thank you for your past and future support.

Restoration Committee, Cross in the Woods National Shrine
Pastor and Shrine Director
Father Mike Haney, OFM

If you would like to mail a donation, download the attached donation form below and mail it to the address listed on the form.


For more information, or to give a donation over the phone, please contact Phyllis Bruniquel at 231.238.8973.