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St. Anne Shell Chapel needs restoration

Water damage to the base of St. Anne Shell Chapel

We recently discovered our beloved St. Anne Shell Chapel at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is in dire need of restoration. Water damage to the foundation has caused the walls to bow outward.

Originally built of wood in 1844 and rebuilt of stone in 1876, the beautiful and intricate pattern of shells on the inside of the chapel are something to behold. However, these shells are no longer secure. If we do nothing, neither the shells nor this historic building will last for future generations to admire.

Roof damage of Shell Chapel

The Sisters of Providence were awarded a grant from the Department of Natural Resources for $13,300 to fund a study that will help us understand the scope of work needed for the chapel’s full restoration. We are committed to keeping this project moving forward. Stay tuned for information on how you can help!

Learn more about the project and the chapel at: StAnneShellChapel.SistersofProvidence.org

Originally published in the Fall 2023 issue of HOPE magazine.

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Advancement Services office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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