Frank and Shirley Schilling were successful business owners looking to support their local parish when they bought land for St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Ind., 11 years ago. The Schillings wanted parishioners to have easy access to the nearby Marian Wayside Shrine, built by Frank Schilling’s grandfather.
But they couldn’t have guessed that their plot of land would become the site of an even larger shrine, The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Nor could they have predicted the shrine’s draw, with an estimated quarter-million visitors projected to visit this year alone.
Its popularity may have something to do with the attention to detail in the 18 narrated scenes of life-sized...READ MORE