Ministry Conservation and Advancement

554775_1401809756755241_1669499990_nLooking at the Sacred Landscape of the National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine: Renowned landscape designer Julia Watson from Stu-dio REDE toured the Shrine on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 with Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar, Fr. Mark Steed, OFM Conv. and Bill Jacobs the new Shrine Director. Julia is an Australian-born landscape architect, living and practicing in New York while teaching at Columbia University. She specializes in conserving Indigenous and sacred lands around the globe, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They were also joined by landscape architect Steven Yava-nian. The team is exploring new ways of conserving and enhancing the cultural, spiritual, historical, and natural resources of the Shrine in an integrated manner, to better attract visitors, pilgrimages, and youth. The aim is continue to preserve this sacred Mohawk (Kanien’kehaka) land in perpetuity. Julia describes this effort succinctly as, “A saint, a shrine, a sacred spring and a site with an incredible history. The beginning of something amazing.” For more information, please contact Bill Jacobs at