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OUR LADY OF SORROWS SCULPTURE AND PRAYER GARDEN DEDICATED

September 5, 2008
Blessed Basile-Antoine-Marie Moreau (1799–1873), priest and founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, had a special devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. She is, in fact, the patroness of the Holy Cross Order. It is with great pride then that the Our Lady of Sorrows at Cedar Grove Cemetery mausoleum complex carries her name. And now, with a blessing from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, a new Our Lady of Sorrows sculpture and prayer garden graces the entrance to the mausolea complex.

The sculpture, created by American artist Robert Graham (1938–2008), features Mary wearing a veil with seven swords (representing her seven sorrows) piercing her heart. Below her is a figure of Christ laying atop the world—instead of literally on the lap of Mary, the traditional iconography for a pieta. If the viewer observes the sculpture from a distance, the conical base can be seen as the lower portion of the figure’s robe, completing a standing representation of Mary.

All are welcome to visit the sculpture and prayer garden. For those unable to make a trip to campus, Cedar Grove has made it easier for friends of the University to explore the property, thanks to the virtual tour feature on this website.

"COMING HOME" A NEW MINISTRY AT NOTRE DAME BUILDS UPON MEANING AND MISSION

This is the title of an article published in the December, 2007 issue of Catholic Cemetery Magazine. Cedar Grove Cemetery is pleased to share the story of "Coming Home" with you. Please click on the text link (above) to view the full article in PDF format. To request a copy by mail, please call us at 574.631.5660 or send an e-mail to cominghome@nd.edu.