Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge expands its mission
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | June 05. 2014 12:02AM
About 100 people attend a Memorial Day observance at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
The cathedral has a cemetery, a Zen garden and several smaller outdoor chapels including the Mother’s Chapel and the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, where the annual blessing of the animals takes place.
The national war memorial has always been popular with World War II veterans and that generation, said Donald Upton, Chairman of the Cathedral of the Pines Board of Trustees.
The grounds offer a peaceful and reflective setting for people to walk and includes memorials to visit such as the Women’s Memorial Bell Tower, which was the first memorial in our nation to solely recognize women who served, fought and sacrificed for America, Schumann said.
“We want people to recognize we have a real jewel here,” Schumann said.
The Cathedral also has a new hiking trail and has just received a $5,000 grant to expand the hiking trail to the regional network of trails.
The cathedral also hopes to become a center for cultural events.
Last year Monadnock Music closed their concert season with an outdoor concert at the cathedral and a fire work show. It was big hit, Schumann said. “It was just so well accepted.”
Blue Grass at the Pine is set to start at noon July 13. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 that day.
Then in August, the Jaffrey-based youth program Project Shakespeare plans to present “Taming of the Shrew” on Aug. 1 and “Hamlet” on Aug. 2.
Then in 1944, their son Sanderson “Sandy” Sloane, who was serving in the Army Air Corps, was shot down over Germany.
In the years that followed, the family welcomed all faiths to the outdoor cathedral and built a memorial to their son.
Today it continues to honor all Americans who serve the nation.
The cathedral is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge, donations are accepted.