National Shrine of Cross in the Woods

Location: 7078 M-68, Indian River

The Cross in the Woods is one of Michigan's most recognizable and popular attractions. Each year more than 200,000 people come to Indian River to see the cross.

The 55-foot-high redwood cross was erected in 1954. The seven-ton bronze sculpture of Christ, created by renowned Michigan sculptor Marshall M Fredericks was added in 1959.

A seating area in front of the Cross allows outdoor worship services and weddings during the summer months. A beautiful forested backdrop serves as a background that changes colors with the seasons.

The Cross in the Woods is the centerpiece of a 14-acre campus that includes a parish, gift shop, family center, several other smaller sculptures, a Stations of the Cross Pathway and a Canticle Walk.

The facility has an electronic bell system that can be used as a call to mass, for weddings, funerals and to play traditional hymns.

The Cross in the Woods is one of the most popular and beautiful wedding sites in Michigan.

While the Cross in the Woods is the central focus and largest sculpture on the grounds, the smaller sculptures of The Resurrected Christ, Our Lady of the Highway, St. Peregrine The Cancer Saint, The Holy Family, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and St. Francis of Assisi are also amazing works of art.

In 2016, a new outdoor Divine Mercy Shrine was constructed. The shrine building contains a five-foot sculptured bronze image of Divine Mercy. The shrine was constructed as a follow-up to the Jubilee Year of Mercy established by Pope Francis for the worldwide Catholic Church in 2016.

The Family Center, which is being remodeled and updated, hosts several church and community events including an annual Daddy Daughter Dance in February with proceeds from the event helping children at the Casa de Los Angeles children's center in San Miguel. The Family Center has also hosted Eat for Heat dinners that help provide funds for people having problems with heating bills in the winter.

The Cross in the Woods is open year-around and given northern Michigan's four seasons, the view and the experience are somewhat different at different times of the year.

For more information, visit The Cross in the Woods ONLINE