A winter walk at Trinity Heights

I have visited Trinity Heights several times, mostly during the summer and fall.  However, the last time I visited was during the most beautiful snowfall.   The wind was barely present and the snowflakes were large and ever so softly drifted downward.  It was peaceful.  And what better place to enjoy the calm and quiet than Trinity Heights?

Address: 2511 33rd Street, Sioux City, IA 51108

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What is Trinity Heights?

It’s owned by Queen of Peace, Inc as a nonprofit group that maintains a collection of shrines, garden spots, and a place for quiet reflection and prayer.  The gardens are typically open every day from 9am to 9pm.  The indoor exhibits and gift shop are typically open weekdays from 10am to 4pm, but you’ll want to check their website to confirm.  

On the day I visited during the snowfall, only the gardens were open.  The parking lot was almost empty, as there might have been only 2 or 3 people on the grounds total. But that didn’t stop me from exploring.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace

My first stop was their signature sculpture – Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace.  It’s a 30 ft tall stainless steel sculpture of Mary  It was designed by Dale Lamphere and installed in 1993. The path that circles the sculpture is about the twenty decades of the Rosary.  

Sacred Heart of Jesus

On the other end of the garden is the other cornerstone piece, a 33 ft tall stainless steel statue of Jesus.   It was also created by world-famous sculpture Dale Lamphere and installed in 1999.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

This shrine was added in 2004 and is dedicated to Juan Diego and his encounters with Virgin Mary. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

The grotto was added in 1999 and features a small man-made cave.

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