The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal came to Matagalpa in 2008 taking up residence and eventually building the Convent of Saint Anthony. From here they tend to the evangelization needs of the poor, the sick, prisoners, and young people.
In 2008, Father John Anthony Boughton and Sydney Pratt, the man who first dreamed of the Shrine met each other. Prat presented Father John Anthony with the idea of constructing a Cross at the top of Apante the tallest peak surrounding Matagalpa after a prophetical dream he had had in which Saint John Paul II had entrusted Pratt with the project.
After a first negative response because the Community ¨did not make crosses in the mountains’, it would take four years and an effort to discern God’s will before Father John Anthony would accept the undertaking. Construction began in 2011.
Coffee of the Cross
& Café de la Cruz
The Cross in the Center of America
At the summit of Apante stands a 33 meter Cross flanked by a 12 meter image of the Americas’ patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe, reminding all that the victory of Christ over evil is the true fount of peace. Here, in the center of the Americas, the Holy Spirit is attracting thousands from around the world to pray for peace in the heart, in the family and in the world as they follow the 2 kilometer stations of the cross leading the top of Apante, the Mountain of Peace.
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