100 Saint Joseph’s Hill Road, Pacific, MO, 63069 / Cake artist: Craig Downs
What was once a piece of land with nothing but forestry (a century ago), became a huge body of work placed outdoors by one person, Franciscan Brother Bronislaus Luczc. Luczc came from Poland, on a mission to share his faith for the Blessed Mary with other people. Mary was referred to in his home country as Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna (because of her skin tone). In 1937, Luczc cleared out some land and began his masterpieces. A chapel was built, and it became a center for devotions. Over the years, the shrine and grottos have been subjected to arson and vandalism, but they have been restored each time.
Cake placement date: March 7
Where is the cake now: The cake still sits at the Shrine, even though it was removed for a time in 2015. (May 2017)
Memories: The cake was placed behind the Shrine Chapel close to the Nativity Walk Pathway.