St. John Paul II Rosary Walk
San Juan Pablo II Paseo del Rosario
Located here in the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, the site where early Hispano settlers first gathered to recite the rosary in the San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, the Rosary Walk is a place of remembrance of their strong Catholic faith and the Catholic traditions that they broughtwith them to La Garita.
It is a place where the old traditional prayers are merged with the contemplative prayers brought to us by Saint John Paul II. Having him as the patron of the Rosary Walk, is a constant reminder of what he taught and and how we are inspired by his example: to always accept God's will for our lives; to respect and value life and the dignity of every human person; to be persistent in living a Catholic life; what it means to forgive; how to accept and endure suffering; how to live and die with dignity; and how prayer and devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary can help us achieve holiness.
The rosary walk is a place to pray the rosary while meditating on the traditional mysteries and the mysteries of the life of Jesus, with Mary, Mother of God, as the intercessor. At the center of the rosary walk is the Shrine of Our Lady where the Holy Rosary is concluded in a final prayer.
Blessed John Paul II was canonized on April 27, 2014. On September 11, 2014, Pope Francis included John Paul II's optional memorial feast day to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints. Traditionally, saints' feast days are celebrated on the anniversary of their deaths, however, St. John Paul II's feastday is celebrated on October 22 which is the anniversary of his papal inauguration.
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Construction of the Rosary Walk
Construction for the Rosary Walk begin in October 2011 and was completed and dedicated to Blessed John Paul II in October 2012. The dedication was the 10th anniversary of his declaring October 2002 - October 2003 as the "Year of the Rosary," and his announcement that the Luminous Mysteries be added to the traditional mysteries of the rosary, the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, and Glorious Mysteries.
Spanning an 800 ft. walkway, the Rosary Walk begins with a 20-foot Crucifix with a buon fresco painting of Jesus. Along the walkway, all five mysteries of the Rosary are displayed on four-sided monuments. Each monument was designed and engineered using layers of formed concrete and protected by stucco. On each side of the monuments are original fresco painting depicting each event of the mysteries. Topping the monuments are originally-designed a six-point rod-iron cross mimics the cross on St. John the Baptist Church’s bell tower.
Along the walkway are circles depicting Rosary beads. Each bead or circle was positioned carefully to be timed as each Hail Mary is prayed. In the center of the Rosary Walk is the Shrine of Our Lady with a fresco painting of Our Blessed Mother with Jesus and St. John the Baptist as young children.
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- Summer 2011 -
- September 2011 - Construction begins on the Rosary Walk.
- October 22, 2011 - The Rosary Walk was dedicated during the celebration of the Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II.
- July 2012 - Structures built for Rosary Walk painting.
- July 2012 - Artist begins original buon fresco paintings depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus.
The Shrine of our Lady depicts the Blessed Mother with Jesus and Saint John the Baptist.
The buon fresco painting of the Crucifixion of Jesus and the Shrine of our Lady are complete and the structures are finished with stucco.
- August 2012 - Preparation for planting grass and flowers.
- September 2012 - Four-sided monuments are built to represent each Mystery of the Rosary.
Construction of the monuments are complete.
- October 2012 - Stucco is added to the monument walls.
Original buon fresco paintings are added to each monument side & plaques identifying each mystery are installed.
- October 27, 2012 - The completion of the The Blessed John Paul II Rosary Walk is blessed and dedicated by Bishop Isern.
Originally designed metalwork of a four-sided cross with the Christian Chi Rho at the top are placed on all of the Mystery monuments.
- June 2013 - Rocks are cleared and soil is prepared for grass and wildflowers.
The colors of summer.
- October 18, 2014 - Fr. Pat Valdez rededicated the Rosary Walk to St. John Paul II after Blessed John Paul II was canonized on April 27, 2014.
- Summer 2015 -