NEW ULM – Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm blessed and dedicated a recently erected sign displaying the image of Divine Mercy on Saturday, April 2 in New Ulm.
The new double-sided sign, located just below the Catholic Pastoral Center and above the Fr. Alexander Berghold Memorial Park on North Fifth Street, gives a sense to passersby that someone is watching over them.
At least that is the hope of Catholic New Ulm residents Paul Hillesheim, Earl LaPlante, and Ken Stadick, who spearheaded the Divine Mercy sign project with the approval of the bishop.
The sign reads “Jesus, I Believe in You” and features the Divine Mercy image of Jesus as he appeared in apparitions to St. Mary Faustina Kowalska.
The project was a combined effort of 14 societies within the Holy Cross Area Faith Community (St. Mary, New Ulm; Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm; St. John, Searles; St. George, West Newton Township; and St. Gregory, Lafayette).
Names of each organization are recorded on plaques that hang from both sides of the sign. Contributors to the sign are: St. John the Baptist, Searles - Catholic United Financial and Council of Catholic Women; St. George, West Newton Township - Catholic United Financial, Catholic Order of Foresters, and Council of Catholic Women; St. Gregory the Great, Lafayette - Catholic Order of Foresters and Council of Catholic Women; St. Mary, New Ulm - Catholic Order of Foresters, Council of Catholic Women, and Catholic United Financial; Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm - Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph, and Council of Catholic Women.