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The Crypt in the Church of the Immaculate Conception

One of the fascinating places in the Church of the Immaculate Conception is referred to as “the crypt”. This is the area below the church. More than twenty years ago it was used extensively by the sisters. It had its own altar and seats. Large statues of many saints surrounded the room. By the pillars in the nave there were statues of Our Lady of Grace, Saint Joseph, Saint Philomene, Saint Barbara, Saint Anthony, Saint Therese, and Saint Rita. The sisters would often go to confession there and many priests celebrated Mass in the space.

At one time there was a tomb section in the crypt. Several sisters were put to rest there, including Saint Mother Theodore Guerin for a period of time. Her original casket and the marble cover with Saint Mother Theodore’s nameplate still reside in the tomb. She and the other sisters that were there have since been moved. It is now an empty tomb area.

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Christina Blust

Christina worked as the digital media and website manager for Sisters of Providence for 9 years and now serves as the website's designer and consultant through her company, Blustery Day Design. She's a musician, reader, writer and generally curious person.

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