Statuary returns to The Way of the Cross New Ulm; Shrine to be tourist destination again

By Edie Schmierbach - Mankato Free Press

NEW ULM — Nuns 115 years ago pushed wheelbarrows to haul the bricks used to create hillside niches along a steep path to the Sorrowful Mother Chapel.

On Monday volunteers at The Way of the Cross made that same 700-foot-climb riding in a cart behind a John Deere garden tractor. Their arms encircled fragile religious statues being returned to the shrine's meditation spots.

The century-old statuary depicting Jesus' path to crucifixion had been removed for a monthslong restoration project. Read more about the statues and the historic Shrine.