The Spirit Cross was Blessed and Installed on Pentecost, June 9th, 2019
at the Mother Cabrini Shrine in New York City
A Sacred Symbol for Our Times
Background: The Spirit Cross is an original sacred symbol. The Cross is installed at The Mother Cabrini Shrine in New York City. It was blessed and sanctified at the Pentecostal Mass on July 9, 2019.
Does the Cross have a specific meaning? The Spirit Cross is an “open” symbol. Its non-determinate design is an invitation for each viewer to create their own meaning. The Spirit Cross is an ecumenical symbol. The Spirit Cross is an invitation to all peoples to come together – to reflect, pray, or meditate in their own way. Click "First Impressions” to explore how people from all walks of life responded to first seeing the Spirit Cross.
Who designed the Spirit Cross? Stuart Diamond designed the original image. It was developed and produced in the workshop of Colin Y. Lewis and is crafted from Wenge – an African hardwood known for its durability.
What is the story behind the Spirit Cross? The concept of Spirit Cross emerged from on-going discussions with the artist and the leading personnel of the Mother Cabrini Shrine in New York, including Sr. Dianne McKenna, the spiritual leader of The Shrine. The project was inspired by the spirit and work of St. Francis Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants.