Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs
One of the many places of Prayer in Upstate NY.
About the Shrine
“The site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs was once a 17th century Mohawk village called Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Father Isaac Jogues, René Goupil, a Jesuit brother, and John Lalande, a lay missioner, are the only canonized American martyrs. Together with five Jesuit priests killed in the native missions of Canada, they are known as the North American Martyrs. The beatified "Lily of the Mohawks," Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, was born here in 1656.
Today the Shrine is comprised of 400+ acres of flowered landscapes and tree-studded slopes and lawns. Five chapels, two museums, a candle shrine, Jesuit cemetery, outdoor Stations of the Cross and Visitor Center and Gift Shop provide places for Mass and prayer, private devotions and reflections, and education and enjoyment.” (Per the Shrine Website.)
Experiencing Mother Earth
There are several stacked (6) fields of consciousness located on the grounds. The more fields that are stacked upon each other (can range from 2-12 fields) the more potent the field is. Six is a good number. The vibe, what I call geographic samskaras, or the thought forms attached to the grounds was generally neutral(negative and positive thoughts balanced each other out) to slightly positive. Positive geographic samskaras will enhance a space and are a cumulative reflection of all that has gone on at a particular place.
The coliseum, or the large chapel, is a popular place with the many tourists and bus tours that visit the shrine. At a talk I gave on sacred sites at Beardslee Castle in April of 2010 I heard a testimonial from a woman who swore that she had been miraculously cured of macular degeneration, an incurable and eventually blinding eye disease by a laying on of hands by a priest there. I believe that she was telling me the truth as there are many divine aspects of Mother Earth located around the coliseum area. That said, the vibe or geographic samskaras within the coliseum was only neutral to slightly positive.
There is a stacked fields (6) located in back of the chapel. There are no visible row numbers on any of the pews to use as barometers; you can find the fields by going to the St. Joseph the Worker statue on the outside of the chapel. Follow the angle at which the monument faces the chapel. The fields begin outside of the chapel and extend about 5-10feet within the chapel, at that angle in line with the St. Joseph statue.
A better place to tap into a stacked field of 6 is at the outdoor shrine (statue) of Jesus located in front of the coliseum. It has memorial on it to the memory of Father Neil Poulin. It is located about 12-15 feet southeast of the monument if you face the monument and assume that you are facing north. See the backpack in the picture to the right. Nice.
There is also a stacked field of 6 in front of the coliseum by Rte 5S and by the driveway of the Lalande Jesuit residence. Fields generally occur in a series that is often a straight line pattern.
Visiting the Shrine
The Shrine of Martyrs website is very informative, providing a virtual tour, information on camping, lodging, visiting and more. The Shrine is located on 136 Shrine Road. I recommend taking the virtual tour that contains a map with click Fultonville, NY 12072-1907, telephone (518) 853-3033 about 1 mile east of Auriesville.
Make sure to visit the Kateri Shrine chapel on the other side of the Mohawk River. It has a powerful palpable feeling of the divine that can bring you to tears and the several cosmic prana Vorticies that are located there are a testament to that. Vortexes of cosmic prana (the highest prana that is more consciousness than energy) form where people pray, meditate or do ritual a lot.
Determining what a sacred site is can be a very subjective matter. If you have a strong traditionally Catholic background then you will most likely enjoy and benefit from a visit to the Shrine.
Thanks to Lorraine Mavins for her photography and assistance.