November 10, 2023 – February 4, 2024, Open Wednesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm with free parking and admission except Thanksgiving (November 23) and
November 10, 2023 – February 4, 2024, Open Wednesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm with free parking and admission except Thanksgiving (November 23) and Christmas Eve (December 24)
In the 16th through 18th centuries, settlers from numerous European countries came to the Americas seeking potential resources while explorers continued the search for the best western route to Asia. During this period, many Catholic missionaries came to share the word of God with local inhabitants and to minister to the spiritual needs of the new settlers. Since then, large numbers of people from all over the world have continued to arrive in the region, resulting in countries with diverse populations.
As Christianity spread throughout these continents, so did the tradition of displaying the crèche, the three-dimensional representation of the Nativity scene. Like those found in other parts of the world, these North and South American pieces often incorporate scenery and traditions from the culture of their maker and are crafted from materials native to the regions in which they are made. Some pieces also draw heavily on styles from other regions of the world, demonstrating the international appeal of the crèche and honoring the specific cultures of artists’ ancestors.
This Christmas, the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center is pleased to exhibit more than 50 crèches representing 18 countries across North and South America. This exhibit also explores some of the traditions and festivities that have developed throughout both continents to celebrate the season.
November 10 (Friday) 10:00 am - February 4 (Sunday) 4:00 pm