Do you recognize this? Where is it? What can you tell us about it? Have you seen this postcard before?
Here’s some of what the community had to say:
Glenn Estus: Oblate Fathers?
Lorraine Townsend Faherty: St Joseph’s?
Mark Kupperman: Beggs For Mercy Point?
Heather Lamb: Oblate fathers of Our Lady of Hope
Melissa Otis: Looks as though the wording under the Madonna is German or similar.
Heather Lamb: Could be, Melissa. An apparition of the Virgin Mary is credited with halting an advance of the Prussian army in Pontmain, France in 1871.
The back of the postcard definitively identifies the site and the date that the photograph used on the postcard was taken. The text identifies the site as the Madonna of the Crucifix, Our Lady of Hope Shrine, Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Essex, NY. The date it was published was 1959.
Doing a little research I was able to discover a little more information about the shrine’s location and origins:
“In 1910 [St. Joseph’s Parish] became a mission of St. Philip’s Church in Willsboro and 25 years later it was placed under the care of the Oblate Fathers. […] The Shrine of Our Lady of Hope was located in a natural setting on a 600-acre plot of land just to the north of the Church. The alter was made of stone granite surmounted by a unique statue imported from France. The statue ‘portrays the Blessed Virgin as she appeared as the Mother of Hope in the little French village of Pontmain on January 17, 1871.’ The property, formerly known as the Fulton Estate, was purchased in 1934 and was renamed the Dontenwill Novitiate. It offered summer training for the Scholastic Brotherhood of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It was later sold to [a private owner.]” (Source: Essex, New York: An Early History, 80-81)
Do any of you ever remember seeing the shrine in person? Do you know if it still exists? The text above implies it is no longer present.
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