Visit to St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery and Shrines, Kennebunk, Maine

One year ago today Wayne and I visited St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery despite the frigid temps. It’s open to the public year-round. Here are some of the beautiful sights:

The Chapel of the Stations of the Cross, built in 1959, can be seen in the distance.
Snow on the stone stairs at The Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, constructed in 1953. The Grotto and Chapel of the Stations of the Cross were designed by Jonas Mulokas.
Looking out at the snowy field and benches in front of the Grotto.
Approaching the “new” modernist St. Anthony’s Chapel which was constructed in 1966 and designed by architect Dr. Alfred Kulpa of Toronto, Canada.
The stained glass inside the Chapel was designed by Professor Vytautas Jonynas who also decorated the Vatican Pavillion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
The shrine of St Anthony which includes a tile mosaic.

Modernist beauty in the sanctuary.

I love this!

I smiled inside and out when I saw this photo. I’ve been reading St. Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography, Story of a Soul and highly recommend it, even if religion isn’t your thing. It’s filled with wisdom, insights and lofty thoughts expressed in a most down-to-earth manner that I find very comforting.


Despite the cold our visit offered much needed warmth and discovery. Click here to see how it looked last summer.