Beyond Dubois County’s scenic beauty and cultural heritage, there lies a lesser-known facet that beckons the curious traveler—the “Trail of Faith.” This trail meanders through the county, weaving together a tapestry of spiritual sites, each imbued with its own stories and significance. Let us explore this trail, delving into the sacred spaces that have shaped the spiritual identity of Dubois County!

Our journey begins at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. The magnificent 1880 Romanesque, old world-style church was built by a Croatian missionary priest and showcases priceless Swiss stained glass windows. Austrian-designed and important mosaics with 50 million stones, pewter and marble statues, Italian marble altars, and a communion railing of onyx and brass give the church a memorable appearance. Today, the church has nearly 5,000 parishioners.

Continuing our journey, we venture to Ferdinand, where the Monastery Immaculate Conception, a sanctuary of tranquility nestled amid rolling hills and abundant forests. Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of St. Benedict, this sacred haven exudes a palpable aura of serenity, its peaceful gardens and contemplative spaces offering solace to weary souls. Through various programs, the Monastery provides directed retreats, facilitation services, spiritual direction, and many other initiatives as part of their Spirituality Ministry. The distinctive, Romanesque dome rises majestically over the town of Ferdinand, standing at 87 feet and features beautiful stained glass windows. The Monastery Gift Shop offers handmade crafts from the sisters and other unique spiritual merchandise. Benedictine Hospitality Center, also on the Monastery grounds, offers a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.

In Huntingburg, the Salem United Church of Christ was originally built by German immigrants in 1842. The third and final building that stands today was built in 1889 and highlights Victorian Gothic architecture and a very unique second-floor sanctuary.

Next is the Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. Established in 1873 by German immigrants, this historic church has been a cornerstone of spiritual life for generations of parishioners. With its striking Gothic architecture and Indiana’s largest stained glass window, Holy Family Church commands attention, drawing visitors to its sacred grounds.

Redemption Church in Jasper is a dynamic and welcoming community of faith that seeks to embody the transformative power of redemption in the lives of its members. Founded with a vision to bring hope, healing, and restoration to the local community, Redemption Church offers a vibrant worship experience characterized by passionate praise, heartfelt prayer, and biblically grounded teaching. Through its various outreach initiatives, small groups, and ministries, Redemption Church endeavors to make a positive impact in Jasper and beyond, shining the light of redemption in a world that longs for healing and wholeness.

As our journey along the Trail of Faith comes to a close, we are left with a profound sense of awe and wonder at the spiritual richness of Dubois County. Each site along this trail offers a glimpse into the enduring power of faith to inspire, uplift, and unite.

We had a wonderful tour of this monastery. The Sisters serve as tour guides of their monastery and explain it’s long history. Wonderful Hildergrad cookies are available in the gift shop and a brewery is opening for your craft beer tasting. Highly recommend you take a guided tour of this facility.

Larry Mock

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