OF THE IMMACULATE
Prospectus describes the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary and International Shrine of the Holy Innocents,
to be constructed on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, on the headwaters
of the Niagara River and adjacent to downtown Buffalo, New York.
The proposed Site, more particularly described below, is a slender,
green peninsula in Buffalo's Outer Harbor, between the mouth of
the Buffalo River and Lake Erie; another large tract of vacant
lakefront property, immediately to the west along the Lake Erie
shore, is also under consideration. Just northeast of the
proposed Site, is a Coast Guard station that includes an historic
lighthouse and a beautiful, little-used public park.
great and exciting Project is undertaken in a spirit of profound
devotion to the Sacred Heart
of Jesus and the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, and with the deepest sorrow, and a fervent
desire to make reparation, for the grave sin of worldwide abortion.
It will serve as an international
signal call to conversion and a return to God, and to an ever-greater
love of purity and detestation of abortion and immorality.
Mary's golden Arch of Triumph, to be the world's tallest monument,
will draw global attention also to the Holy
Innocents Shrine, whose internationalism will be heightened
by both its ready visibility from the Canadian shore, and its
focus on Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Patroness of the Pro-life Movement, revered and loved throughout
great Project is undertaken further with an implicit belief in
the pastoral importance of sacred shrines, their great value for
spiritual edification, and their well-chronicled ability to prompt
conversions, as articulated in an article by Bro. John M. Samaha, S.M., in
the May/August 2000 issue of The Shrine of the Holy
House of Loreto. Approximately 40% of visitors
to Catholic shrines are non-Catholic, and many such visitors have
deep spiritual experiences.
Brother Samaha notes, a Vatican instruction letter for Marian
Shrines in the 1987-88 Marian Year encouraged such shrines to
"reveal the presence of Mary
in word and symbol," and "to cultivate . . . a sense of God's beauty revealed in Mary."
These and other instructions of such letter will be fulfilled
to an excellent degree by Mary's majestic Arch of Triumph, which will possess
truly dazzling beauty and grace. Directly under it the Holy
Innocents Shrine, strongly Marian itself, will powerfully
inspire renewed respect for the sacredness of unborn human lives,
indeed of all life, through the clear message and striking beauty
of its murals, sculpture and architecture.
National Advisory Board member Fr. Frank A. Pavone, National
Director of Priests for Life
One of the key characteristics
of the Gospel of Life is that it must be proclaimed publicly.
The protection of life will not be achieved if the activities
of the Church and the pro-life movement are directed only toward
those who voluntarily seek out the message. We need to stir
the attention of the public to these issues whether they want
to hear about them or not.
A sign as public and
visible as the proposed Arch and Shrine will certainly serve this
purpose, as well as many other noble purposes.
stated by Advisory Board Member Fr. Matthew Habiger, O.S.B.,
Ph. D., past president
and current Director of Human
Life International (http://www.hli.org/), this great Project
is “truly in keeping
with the great hopes of the new millennium.”
As further stated by Fr. Habiger, The
Arch of Triumph and Holy
Innocents Shrine will “do much to draw public attention to the
evil of abortion,” and
[I]t would also demonstrate
our great trust in Mary’s help to overcome this great evil.
It would inspire others to become part
of the pro-life movement.
Board member Professor Mark
I. Miravalle, S.T.D.,
International President of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici (http://www.voxpopuli.org/), notes
that this great Project
[n]ot only . . . blend[s] two critical spiritual
themes so relevant for our time, that is the Triumph of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary and the end of the scourge of abortion, but also
offers a concrete sign and spiritual pilgrimage place for the
necessary prayer for these two great intentions.
International Shrine of the Holy Innocents
and the golden Arch of Triumph
together will advance the Culture of Life's inevitable
triumph over the false, materialistic philosophies of this age
that too readily thinks to "solve" problems through aggressive
wars, genocide, oppression, discrimination, and abortions.
Through our faith we know, and the world must learn, that truly
effective solutions for problems and conflicts, grounded in faith,
love, and deep respect for human life and the dignity of the individual,
often require mutual or even unilateral forbearance and self-sacrifice,
so anathematic to the current Culture of Death and the cult of
self on which it is based.
Measuring 700 feet to the top of the golden cross that will
surmount it (seven being the mystical number of perfection), the
Arch of Triumph
will be truly a world-class shrine, attracting annually millions
of both Christian pilgrims and ordinary tourists from around the
world. It will replace the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri,
as the world's tallest monument (Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall).
4,000,000 people annually visit the Gateway Arch, and similar
numbers are drawn to major North American Catholic shrines such
as the Oratory of St. Joseph
in Montreal, and the Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, near Quebec
City. Over 1,000,000 people annually actually ascend the
Gateway Arch merely to take in the majestic view, standing two
to five hours in line to do so. The unique spiritual attraction,
and the excelling beauty of Mary's Arch and the Holy Innocents Shrine, certainly require
planning for comparable or even greater numbers.
Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary and the International Shrine of the Holy
Innocents, through their rapid
attraction of national, and even global attention, will quickly
equal or surpass the renown -- and therefore, the potential pastoral
utility -- of any other Catholic shrine, in the
world. With God's sustaining help, the Arch and Shrine will
inspire thousands, growing to millions of individuals to yearn
for God, and for renewal of their spiritual lives. Further,
it is a major goal of this Project to host permanent displays
of other Catholic shrines, encouraging visitors to avail themselves
also of the unique spiritual benefits that every great shrine
holds for its pilgrims.
serving thus as a global signal call to conversion and repentance,
the Arch of Triumph and the Holy Innocents Shrine will invaluably
contribute to the "New Springtime" of the Church, ardently hailed
by Pope John Paul II, while also marking and symbolizing the entry
of the Church and the world into a new period of history.
Ideally, it will be possible to say of Mary's Arch of Triumph, as its
great architect Eero Saarinen had said of the Gateway Arch, that
it is built to last 1,000 years -- Pope John Paul II having entrusted
the world on October 8, 2000, to Our Lady for the next millennium
(see The Mary
ambitions of this Project are surely great; but the utter worldliness
and sordidness of modern public life demand great ambition, born
of great inspiration, and fueled by that confidence and determination
which prayerful contemplation of God's works and of His Holy Word
encourages, for their effective countering with weapons of the
Spirit. For like all great Christian art and architecture
throughout the world and in all times, the Arch of Mary's glorious Triumph,
and the Holy Innocents
Shrine, are dedicated utterly
to God as physical weapons in the spiritual battle for the souls
order may be some brief words responding to the anticipated question,
why Lake Erie's east shore, why Buffalo? The first response
is another question, If not here, where? The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, prophesied
by Herself at Fatima in 1917 as following upon the upheavals of
the 20th Century and ushering in “an era of peace,”
which has come to be called The Reign of the Two Hearts, will
occur and indeed is occurring everywhere throughout the world,
and not at any particular place. If a more "connected" location
could be identified, one might think perhaps of Jerusalem, or
Rome. But this is an American project, and there is certainly
no more "connected" locale, anywhere on these shores.
proposed Site itself, although encumbered now by abandoned grain
elevators, is naturally beautiful and is singularly apt for dedication
as the site of a sacred shrine, being separated from the bustle
of the city by a river, while being also on the shore of a vast
and beautiful lake. There will be an awe-inspiring view
from the Arch's great height also of southern Ontario, the Niagara River and the International Peace Bridge, and
the rolling hills of southern
Erie County. On a clear day one will see the
mist rising from Niagara Falls
with the unaided eye, 20 miles to the north, illumined at night
by rainbow floodlights, and even Toronto's CN Tower, the world's
tallest free-standing structure (1,815 feet).
Buffalo, a strongly Catholic city (over 60%), is unquestionably
as appropriate or more so for this Project's location, as any
other American city. Known from her early days of dominance
in the flour trade as The Queen City of the Great Lakes
(now shortened to The Queen City -- conveniently!),
Buffalo is strategically situated within a day's drive of 60%
of America's population, even New York City being only 8-9 hours
away by car. Buffalo is herself "size appropriate," for
in larger cities the Arch of
Triumph would be dwarfed by taller buildings; Buffalo's
tallest is 530 feet high.
Site is also just an hour's drive, across the Peace Bridge and
on the Queen Elizabeth Way, from Toronto, Ontario, population
4,750,000. Much closer still are the Ontario cities of Hamilton
(pop. 671,000) and St. Catherine's (pop. 390,000). All three
cities have vibrant Catholic communities; the province of Ontario,
approaching 12,000,000 souls, is about 42% Catholic. And
again, the Arch and Shrine will be highly visible from the Canadian
shore, supporting their international significance in the most
contributing to the "rightness" of this location and to the immense
attraction that the Arch and Holy Innocents Shrine will exert
in themselves, there is, first, the above-noted proximity to that
natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls, a mere 20 minutes’
drive away. Niagara Falls, Ontario, boasts 12,000,000 annual
visitors, and a major, state-funded effort to revitalize tourism
on the Falls’ American side is just now beginning.
Many tourists who have traveled see Niagara Falls, will certainly
add the Arch of Triumph and
the Holy Innocents Shrine to their itinerary.
Second, and likely
to have increased significance soon, is the close proximity of
New York, just a few
minutes away. There, Buffalo-born Venerable
Father Nelson Baker lived and worked, building an orphanage,
a hospital, and -- starting in 1921 at the age of 80 -- a glorious
basilica, all dedicated to Our
Lady of Victory, to whom Father
Baker had a profound, lifelong devotion.
white marble Our
Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, declared
Romano on its completion in 1925 to be "one
of the most superb shrines the American Church possesses,"
will be an inspiring sight from The
Arch of Triumph,
with its massive green copper dome, and four trumpet-blowing angels
faced to the four winds. Visitors to the Arch
of Triumph and Holy Innocents Shrine will certainly
tour also the Basilica of
Our Lady of Victory, and vice
the Project Site's demographics and "geographics" are excellent,
one could expand also upon its excellent spiritual, symbolical
"poetics," so to speak. It will stand at the source of the
great river that produces Niagara Falls, called "the Voice of
God" by the Native Americans. It is on the bank of a river
and in a city both named Buffalo, after an animal the Plains Indians
called "Gift of the Great Spirit." For sustaining the lives
of those peoples, and the utility of its parts, the buffalo, a
majestic animal and Buffalo's "totem," possesses a symbolic dimension
similar to the pelican, used in Church art to represent Christ
for its imagined feeding of its young, with its own flesh and
blood. Indeed, whether by coincidence or by a higher design,
the pelican wounding its breast is the center of the great rose
window above the main altar in Buffalo’s historic St. Joseph’s Cathedral,
which has been beautifully refurbished by Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell,
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The Cathedral’s
many attractions include a stained glass triptych of Christ’s
birth, death and resurrection, a gift from the King of Bavaria
that won a world first prize in 1854, and a lovely Lady Chapel
with 10 unique stained glass windows of life-sized angels bearing
the implements of Christ’s passion, and a newly added Coronation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Canadian visitors will cross the Niagara River on the International
Peace Bridge in
Buffalo, or on the Rainbow (biblical symbol of peace)
Bridge in Niagara
Falls. Canadians will travel on the QEW, Queen Elizabeth Way, echoing the Visitation,
when Elizabeth (herself surely a Queen in the reign of God), paid
Mary homage as the Mother of her Lord. As already noted,
Buffalo enjoys the nickname, The Queen City. Interestingly,
the central figure of the bas-relief sculptural frieze above the
main entrance of Buffalo City Hall, a personification of The Queen
City, is modeled after Michelangelo’s Prophet
Isaiah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling; and, her foot rests
upon the head of a
serpent as does
Mary’s foot, on the Miraculous Medal given to St. Catherine
Laboure in 1830 (see St. Catherine
Laboure and the Miraculous Medal)(cf. Genesis 3:15). Interesting,
too, in this connection is that “Guadalupe” translates,
“Crusher of the Stone Serpent,” and that Mary’s
apparition in that personage to Blessed Juan Diego in Mexico City,
in 1531, hastened the end of native worship of a stone serpent
compelling, perhaps, is the mystery of Venerable Father Baker's already
mentioned lifelong devotion to Our Lady of Victory, the Victory
referred to being of course, the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.
Might time reveal that his having lived his holy life and built
the Basilica of Our Lady of
Victory, so near the site of the great Golden
Arch that will hail and commemorate that Triumph, is
not mere chance?
must also be made, that the Arch
of Triumph and Holy Innocents Shrine will stand on
ground in a region made hallow, not alone by Venerable Father
Nelson Baker's life, but also by the traversings, labors and sacrifices
of the glorious Jesuit Martyrs of North America. Indeed,
Buffalo is situated between two awesome and inspiring shrines
dedicated to those great saints, one at Auriesville towards Albany,
New York, the other in Midland, Ontario.
proposed Site itself has strong positive features. A strip
of land one-half mile long and 470 feet at its widest, it will
have verdant expanses of lawn and many open-air spots suited for
rest, reflection and prayer. There is land enough on which
to build, eventually, a conference center and retreat house or
other complementary facility. Between the Site and Lake
Erie is unimproved public land, including an unused beach that
may be publicly developed with facilities that will enhance the
attraction of the Arch and Shrine.
the northeast is a Coast Guard station with an historic lighthouse
at the tip of the peninsula, pointing to Mary's role as the Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, a sure
guide for wave-tossed pilgrims. The station includes a beautiful,
under-used public park with picnic areas. Immediately to
the south along the lakeshore are large tracts of empty land held
by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which would
be valuable for parking (with shuttle buses or light trains to
the site), and eventually may be locations for many enhancing
public amenities. The NFTA tracts are under consideration
for the Project Site itself, and would offer certain advantages
of accessibility and size.
Impressive views of the Arch and Shrine will appear at considerable
distances on all the major approaches to downtown Buffalo, including
the New York State Thruway spur (Route 190), which follows the
Niagara River into downtown, and passes quite near the Site.
A most dramatic view will greet travelers on our Skyway, New York
Route 5, which will pass within a few hundred feet of the Arch
and Shrine, at a height of about 100 feet. Skyway travelers
will view the statue of Our Lady of Victory (reconfigured somewhat
from Father Baker's statue), at just above their own height.
needless to say, any description of such significant architectural
and artistic undertakings, even before the first plans are drawn,
is unavoidably tentative. Specific details and ideas in
what follows may well be revisited and revised over time, and
as events unfold.
OF TRIUMPH OF THE
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
monumental, triumphal arch is an ancient architectural device,
frequently used in Roman times (e.g., the arches of Augustus,
Titus, Septimius Severus, Constantine), and used by the French
to commemorate Napoleon's victories (L'Arc de Triomphe). The
Gateway Arch, that national public monument in St. Louis, Missouri,
is a triumphal arch, commemorating America's fulfillment of its
"manifest destiny" to expand westward to the Pacific. Thus
an arch need not commemorate only military triumphs, although
there was a military aspect to America's westward expansion.
Nor is a "military" aspect lacking in the Church's passage from
Church Militant in the present age, to Church Triumphant in the
age to come.
there exists no other architectural construct besides the monumental
arch, which is associated specifically with triumphal historic
occurrences. It would therefore seem more than acceptable
and appropriate, but even necessary and inevitable that the grandest
triumphal arch ever constructed be built to commemorate the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
which is the glorious triumph also of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and of
His Holy Cross.
architectural goal, if impossible to realize fully, is to create
a truly fitting tribute to the Queen of Queens, commemorating the
Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart
predicted by Herself at Fatima in 1917, which is believed
to be already in our midst by faith, and will be fully realized
with the coming inception of the Reign of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and
Mary, and the Era
of Peace Mary predicted also at Fatima.
spiritual goals of the Arch of Triumph, outlined in the Introduction
of this Prospectus,
will be promoted by the presence of three chapels: Chapel of the Sacred Heart in
the Arch's north leg, Chapel
of the Immaculate Heart in the south leg, and Chapel of the Triumph in the
Arch's peak. It is to be hoped that Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
will be maintained, in all three chapels.
is conceived that the Arch
of Triumph will have a heavenward-pointing Gothic-style
peak, rather than a rounded top like the Gateway Arch, which will
be surmounted by a golden cross. The Arch will have a gleaming
gold, or hammered gold finish. Its frame will be rounded
rather than angular like the Gateway Arch, as more fitting for
femininity of Mary. The Arch's lower portions will be engraved,
or embossed in some manner, with the Immaculate Heart (south base),
the Sacred Heart (north base), and other iconography, such as
emblems of Mary recited in the great Litany of Loreto (Gate of Heaven, Mystical Rose, Ark of the Covenant, House
of Gold, Tower of Ivory)(see Litany of The
Blessed Virgin Mary). The south base may bear the word
FIDES (Faith), and
the north base, OPERA (Works),
the "twin pillars" of salvation.
upper part of the Arch's legs will show the 12 stars of the crown
of the Woman Clothed With
the Sun (Rev. 12:1).
The Arch's inner contour should resemble or suggest the letter
M, understated but
recognizable. A golden cross will top this “M” as noted, so
that seen as a whole the Arch will be an architectural rendering
of the reverse side of the Miraculous
Medal. The arch
part of the Arch, between the tops of its legs, will resemble
a beautiful golden crown or tiara, and may be embossed with the
crowns of Jesus and Mary, at its summit.
to say, great artistic care will be taken to ensure an effect
that is thoroughly graceful, tasteful and appealing, which will
require that details of ornamentation be subtle relative to the
grandeur of the large construct.
legs will be sufficiently large, perhaps 100 or more feet in diameter,
to accommodate not only the Chapels of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,
but also various facilities including certainly confessionals,
and perhaps also a museum or gallery, a book/gift shop, and a
refreshment area. It may be possible to house administrative
offices and perhaps caretaker or retreat quarters, on upper floors
within the Arch's legs.
will certainly be ample room made for other Catholic organizations
to promote, with permanent displays, other shrines and pilgrimage
destinations throughout the world, but especially in North America.
As stated, a major goal will be to enrich the spiritual lives
of visitors, by encouraging pilgrimages to other shrines and holy
bases, perhaps 500 feet apart, will be either straight or only
slightly curved as they ascend at perhaps 70-75 degree angles,
so as to allow (it is hoped) the use of near-conventional elevators,
hoisted by below-grade motors, and avoid any need to employ a
complex and uncomfortable capsule transport system, as was necessitated
by the inconstant curving of the Gateway Arch's legs.
efforts will be made to decrease waiting time from the discouraging
2-5 hour wait at the Gateway Arch. Thus, the Arch of Triumph
should have a larger observation platform (below the Chapel of the Triumph) than the
Gateway Arch, which holds 200, and the elevators (which may be
bi-level) should deliver and remove visitors at a faster rate.
Ideally, waiting in line will be eliminated by a paging system
that allows visitors to see other attractions until their elevators
depart. Visitors will be allowed to stay on the observation
platform as long as they want within reason, and to make prayerful
visits to the Chapel of the
Triumph located above in the peak (which likely will
be accessed by stairs). It is expected that a voluntary
fee to ascend the Arch must be asked, commensurate with fees paid
at comparable attractions; however, every effort will be made
to permit free or reduced-fee access to those unable to pay the
may be possible to incorporate golden-mirrored glass in the Arch's
legs, so that elevator passengers may enjoy the breathtaking experience
of seeing the landscape recede as they rise swiftly heavenward.
If so, this will be another great improvement over the Gateway
Arch's metal-enclosed transit system.
observation area, due to the inclines of the sides of the Arch's
gothic peak, likely will consist of large, stepped platforms.
The ceiling and walls will be ornamented with Catholic art, including
probably Mary's titles from the Litany of Loreto, and a variety
of excellent spiritual music and vocal works will play softly.
All will combine with inspiring views of awesome natural beauty
through ample windows, to make a visit to the top of the Arch
a unique and powerful spiritual experience.
THE INTERNATIONAL SHRINE
OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
Catholic Church, and Christians generally, are increasingly recognizing
the onslaught of worldwide abortion as paralleling Herod's slaughter
of innocent children and babies, after the magi failed to direct
him to the Christ Child (see Catholic Encyclopedia
entry for Holy Innocents, go to http://www.newadvent.org/).
Through Herod Satan attempted futilely to prevent Christ's First
Coming, by killing Him in his infancy. By encouraging mass
elective abortions, and the creation of a permissive culture of
abortion, he tries vainly now to frustrate Christ's Second Coming,
even by killing Innocence itself and thereby rendering many hearts
incapable of receiving Him.
is fitting and it is time, for a glorious shrine to memorialize
this quasi-martyrdom of abortion's innocent, unborn victims.
The Holy Innocents Shrine
is conceived of also as a place of spiritual healing, for abortion's
many millions of living victims. Project Advisory Board
member, Rev. Albert G. Roux,
National Director of The Marian Movement of Priests (http://www.mmp-usa.net/), has stated
well the hope that inspires the Holy Innocents Shrine:
I believe it will be a silent but powerful witness
to the world that we in America stand up for the lives of our
unborn little brothers and sisters. May this Arch of Triumph
of the Immaculate Heart be a sure sign of hope for all these little
ones whose lives are in the balance and for those who come to
presently seen the International
Shrine of the Holy Innocents, centered directly beneath
the apex of the Arch of Triumph,
will be a two-tier structure. At the base, a stonework and
glass enclosure, possibly including a chapel, but in any event
containing theme-consistent artwork, statuary (certainly an Infant
of Prague), devotional candles, and other usual accoutrements
of a wayside shrine. The clear glass-enclosed front of this
first level will face toward the city, and rise to a height of
approximately 75 to 100 feet with a front perhaps 150 to 200 feet
rear wall of the first level, perhaps 75 feet long, will abut
the foundation of a white marble column, that will rise to 130
feet above grade, and will be finished with a golden capital on
which will stand a white marble statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, holding
aloft the Christ Child
as the Prince of
Peace; both may
wear crowns of gold. His right arm will be upraised and
extending a golden olive branch. His left arm will be lowered
and held slightly away from His torso, in His left hand a golden
scepter, the Scepter of Judah,
signifying His triumphant reign as Prince of Peace. The statues
of Father Baker's Patroness, Our Lady of Victory, of Our
Lady of the Visitation, and of
the Virgin of Alsace
by Antoine Bourdel, which has stood for decades at the north portico
of Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will be inspirations for
rear (possibly altar) wall of the Holy Innocents Shrine will be
adorned, to a height of 30 to 40 feet, by a mural depicting the
Slaughter of the Holy Innocents.
Whether this important work will be neo-classical and realistic,
or as abstract and interpretive as Picasso's Guernica,
or somewhere in between, is an open question that may be decided
through a national or international competition.
the mural this wall will be gold, and will feature a large, possibly
15 to 20-foot-tall mural replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and perhaps
over Her, the Holy Spirit
depicted as a dove. Censer-swinging angels may embellish the upper
part of this wall, one to the left, and one to the right of Our
Lady. The north and south walls of the Innocents Shrine
will project outward from the rear wall at angles of perhaps 130
degrees, and will feature large stained-glass windows, depicting
the Annunciation on the south wall,
and on the north wall the Coronation.
front of the Holy Innocents
Shrine may be enclosed by retractable clear glass,
which can be withdrawn in good weather so that the Shrine may
be used for concerts and other religious festivities and events.
A lush green lawn will be maintained for this purpose, and the
entire Site's grounds will be mostly green lawn, with walkways,
rest stops and flowerbeds.
Immediately above the roof and around the base of the above-described
white marble column, white marble putti, babies, representing
the Holy Innocents
including the innocent victims of abortion, will ascend upon billowing
clouds upwards between 20 to 40 feet. They will be in joyous
postures, and many of their faces and arms will be upraised and
directed toward Mary and
the Infant Prince of Peace
atop the column. Others will look outward and some downward
toward viewers with engaging gaze, drawing us into their ascension
to the heavenly sphere.
Directly behind the Shrine
of the Holy Innocents, in the open and facing Lake
Erie, will be another center of devotion, a golden, or possibly
white marble, large statuary grouping of the Holy Family. It will feature
St. Joseph in his
glorious role as Protector
of the Holy Family, and Guardian of the Redeemer.
The Flight into Egypt, which of course relates immediately
to the Slaughter of the Holy
Innocents, is the perfect theme
for this grouping.
is a major and immediate goal of this great Project, to advance
the pro-life, evangelistic, educational and charitable endeavors
of other Catholic organizations to the maximum possible extent,
promoting their shrines and activities, and, when the Arch of Triumph and Holy Innocents Shrine become
operational, co-hosting conferences and other events such as liturgical
celebrations, concerts and retreats.
is to be expected, especially if voluntary funding for this Project
is sufficient, that the large volume of visitors will generate
revenues above the costs of maintenance and administration (which
will always be by a non-profit corporation), and other costs.
All such excess revenues will be channeled into the worthy activities
of other Catholic organizations. Mary's Triumphal Arch and the
Holy Innocents Shrine
will become quickly a self-replenishing Foundation, promoting
the Faith and helping support God's servants throughout the world,
both financially and by publicizing their labors of love.