Michigan Tech students make a Catholic church out of snow and ice

Students at an Upper Peninsula university are taking outdoor worship to a new level this winter.

As part of Michigan Tech University’s annual Winter Festival, a group of students, faculty, staff and members of Greater Paris University sculpted an entire chapel out of snow and three special masses, which will be held inside the outdoor sculpture on Friday. and Saturday.

Rev. Ben Hussey St. Albert’s Greater Catholic Campus Ministry at MTU said that the annual creation of ice is called “Our Lady of the Snows”.

“It was an interesting and fun thing that we came across. It wasn’t a very strategic plan … it ended up being probably our most popular event,” Hasse said.

Michigan Tech University’s annual winter festival was already a popular scene in Houghton, but the festival gained international attention when Catholic students created the university’s first ice chapel in 2016.

Hasse said the idea came from the parent of a student who shared with him an article about ice churches built in Eastern Europe.

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