CROWN POINT | Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point held a ceremony this month on the Feast Day of St. Francis to dedicate a new cross and Christ figure that replaces the original cross that fell and was damaged. The previous cross, estimated to be more than 50 years old, had stood at the site since the hospital opened in 1974. Hospital President David Ruskowski said at the program that staff members were shocked when the accident happened and asked, as did visitors and patients, when a new one would be erected. “The cross was very special to all of us,” he added. Ruskowski thanked local members of the Knights of Columbus for providing the corpus, Schilling Bros. of St. John for donating the wood, Tonn and Blank Construction of Michigan City for assembling the cross, and Lakeshore Landscaping of Valparaiso for installing the garden and pavers that surround the cross and can be engraved to honor loved ones. The program also honored the 150th anniversary this year of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, founders of Franciscan Alliance.
New cross rises to replace fallen one
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