A high-quality, hour-long documentary video concerning the Shrine of St. Joseph in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, has been placed online for free viewing:
The documentary was shot and produced back in 2000, paid for by the Shrine of St. Joseph’s Friends, a non-profit lay group that helps to oversee the Shrine’s renovations and daily/weekly operations. Permission has been given to make the video available on the Internet, in hopes of furthering public awareness of and interest in this beautiful church. This same video has been aired several times on EWTN.
Please enjoy the video, and feel free to pass the link to friends and family (please do!).
About the Shrine and the video:
*In the stillness of its grand and silent Sanctuary, the Shrine of St. Joseph stands as a modern-day witness of faith, perseverance, and commitment. The quiet speaks powerfully to its simple beauty and impressive sense of dignity.
The Shrine of St. Joseph is an extraordinary Catholic shrine in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The majestic and stately appearance of this 19th Century architectural treasure is almost breath taking. The handcrafted wooden statues stand guardians of the historical richness, which is both extraordinary and miraculous.
Since 1864, this church has been the Church of Miracles. A German immigrant, Ignatius Strecker, was healed from terminal illness after he venerated a relic of Peter Claver. This miraculous healing led to the canonization of Peter Claver as a saint of the Catholic Church. Two years later there was another miracle at the church, and then another, and another. How many more miracles have taken place in connection with this church over the past 150 years, no one knows.
Many of this church’s supporters say the fact that St. Joseph’s is still standing today is a miracle in itself. It has survived declining parish membership, neglect, urban decay, vandalism, and acts of violence within its wall. More than one hundred years after the first miracle, a group of five men began an effort that would ultimately save this church. “The Shrine of St. Joseph: The Church of Miracles” is a moving testimony to the faith and commitment of the Shrine of St. Joseph’s Friends to preserve this historic landmark church in a downtown St. Louis neighborhood that is also being rebuilt.
Come visit the Shrine of St. Joseph - you or your entire family can make a modern day pilgrimage that will renew and strengthen your faith for a lifetime.
The Shrine of Saint Joseph
1220 North 11th Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63106-4614