These beautiful handcrafted crucifixes are made using wood from our farm. What's so special about that?
A lot of things :) We live on very special "consecrated" land (which was offered to us the year my mom died...no coincidence!)
In 1667, Father Jacques Bruyas arrived here (on our land) to act as the first missionary to the Oneida Indians.
Soon after his arrival, the Indians built him a chapel which he named St. Francis Xavier (yes, on our land). This was the very first mission among the Indians. Father Bruyas offered up his first Mass here on St. Michael's Feast Day!
Fr. Bruyas was also one of the priests present when Kateri Tekakwitha was baptized and we have been told by other archaeologists that they are most certain she was HERE at one point <------ (that's another story :)
Walt is an avocational archaeologist and we have found so many Jesuit items..it gives me goosebumps. We literally have things popping out of the ground...as if to say...don't forget who you are, Cukierski's. There's a reason you are HERE.
When we bought the land in 2008, my faith was in pieces...literally shattered by many things that had happened to me. I swear it was the prayers of friends and THIS LAND that healed me....that brought me back to my Catholic faith.
In prayer, I received the words, "Not only has this land healed YOU, it will be used to HEAL others". Then, to be able to use the wood from our consecrated land to handcraft beautiful crucifixes to fund ourGiving Missions. Talk about a major case of the Holy Spirit goosebumps!
The crucifixes are solid wood with a beautiful stain and finish...a special hanger is on back so you can mount it on your wall. They're approximately a foot long (some are larger) with a very detailed corpus (great for meditating during prayer time).
No two are alike and you are more than welcome to donate for more than one.