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Auriesville shrine repairs set at $600K

Water damage, windows, crucifix need fixing

The Rev. George Belgarde, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, points out water damage in the Coliseum in this November 2013 photo.
The Rev. George Belgarde, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, points out water damage in the Coliseum in this November 2013 photo.
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There’s a great big crucifix atop the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs Coliseum in Auriesville, and it’s leaning. It’s not a dramatic tilt, just a few degrees, but according to the shrine’s director, it’s not a good sign. “It’s copper,” the Rev. George Belgarde said, “and it’s really heavy.” The leaning crucifix is just the tip of a potential $600,000 iceberg of structural problems that could close the building if left unchecked. Belgarde strolled ...

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