CHARLOTTE – These are pictures of the outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Vietnamese Church in Charlotte.
These 16 larger-than-life Stations of the Cross – unique in our diocese – depict the 14 Stations of the Cross that every church has plus two more: the birth of Jesus and His Resurrection.
They were donated by an anonymous family at St. Joseph Church and they were crafted in Saigon, Vietnam.
Each Station stands 6 feet tall or more, weighs more than 16 tons and took 10 months to create. Each sits on a large concrete base and is individually lit with spotlights. The 16 statues ring the church's property, from the church's front door all the way around the expansive parking lot.
The monumental feature is one not to be missed during this holy season if you live in the Charlotte area.
The Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church are open daily, located at 4929 Sandy Porter Road near Arrowood Road and I-485 in southwest Charlotte.
For details and directions, go to www.charlottediocese.org and search Charlotte parishes for the St. Joseph information page, or call 704-588-9022.
— Photos by SueAnn Howell, Catholic News Herald