Michigan’s Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

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For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff's Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals a … [Read more...]

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How I Spent My (Sorta, Kinda) Winter Vacation….

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Blogging's been light over at Chez Schiffer in the last week!That's because I've been a bit of an itinerant--not traveling the globe, like fellow Patheosi Lisa Hendey who's recently home from Tanzania and Hawaii, but moving around the South, with stops in Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina. *     *     *     *     * In Atlanta, I visited the set of the upcoming movie "90 Minutes in Heaven" which is scheduled to hit theaters next Fall.  The movie is based on Don Piper's  … [Read more...]

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Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

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On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]

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