St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin, serves as the spiritual heart and administrative center of FSPA, housing three chapels, more than 50 offices and providing a home for some of the congregation’s retired sisters. Among the chapels is the Mary of the Angels Chapel (Maria Angelorum), which welcomes visitors from La Crosse and around the world, and the Adoration Chapel where the sisters have prayed 24 hours a day since 1878. We were taken back into that prayer room during our tour. St. Rose Convent is a popular site on the list of historical sites in La Crosse.
The present Mary of the Angels Chapel (Maria Angelorum) took three years to build and was completed August 2, 1906. It serves the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as the congregation’s central place of prayer. The Ninth Street section of the St. Rose Convent building was reconstructed in 1924 after a fire had destroyed a major portion of the building in 1923. A part of the Market Street section that escaped the fire still stands. The chapel was not touched by the fire. Our tour guide was a Sister from Fayetteville, NC. She was saying the fire came right up to the door of the chapel and stopped.
My pictures don’t do it justice because it was beautiful. This first picture was taken across the street in a sitting area. It was intriguing. I can’t remember the name but if you look at the circle that she is holding up there is a person upside down. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings. Never look down on anyone unless it is to help them up.