Marian Helper Spring 2023

From the VAULTS Divine Mercy weekend at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy approaches, observed this year April 15-16. Thousands of pilgrims will gather in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for Mass, the Rosary, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine. In 1956, a decidedly space-age structure was built on the site to shelter what was then called the “Field Altar,” used especially during the annual Marian Week celebration in August. The curvy structure, designed to mimic the surrounding Berkshire hills, lasted until the 1980s. Following its demise, two structures took its place until the current outdoor shrine was opened in 2008. 36 Marian Helper • Spring 2023 •