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Our Lady of Siluva
"Lithuania's Greatest Treasure"

Shrine at Elizabeth, New Jersey
Is Richly Ornamented
with Artwork and Wood Carvings

The Lithuanian people of Sts. Peter and Paul's Parish in Elizabeth, New Jersey are deeply proud of the shrine they have in honor of Our Lady of Siluva. The shrine was built under the direction of their Pastor, Rev. Michael G. Kemezis, who had a profound devotion to the Mother of God. The shrine is richly ornamented with Lithuanian artwork and woodcarvings. There is a painting depicting the apparition and a relic of the original stone on which Our Lady stood. The shrine was solemnly blessed by the Archbishop of Newark, The Most Reverend Thomas A. Boland, S.T.D., on June 29, 1958 when Father Kemezis celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.

Shrine of Our Lady of Siluva in Sts. Peter and Paul's Church in Elizabeth, N. J. – The painting depicts the Apparition. The reliquary in the center contains a relic of the original stone on which Our Lady stood.

An outdoor shrine to Our Lady of Siluva features a statue of Our Lady carved in Lithuania from oak. The four-foot statue stands on a granite pedestal and is adorned with carvings of Ruta at the base and a halo of flowers with amber accents. It was blessed by Rev. Alfred T. Zemeikis and Parochial Vicar, Rev. Peter M. Aquino on October 14, 2001.


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