Welcome to the Prayer Garden of St. Nicholas Church in Carver, MN
Pope Saint John XIII said, "Vox Populis, Vox Deus...Voice of the People is Voice of God."
The Prayer Garden is exactly this--people's hands and help, desire and devotion coming together, marrying each other. No doubt, we carried many Crosses, faced obstacles of weather, struggled to find resources, etc. Just like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, irrespective of her internal turmoil, she always had a smiling face. May Mary Our Mother, and our Patron Saint Nicholas intercede so we always keep our smiles alive as St. Mother Teresa did with the help of God. Today, as we see a smile on all your faces, that is the purpose of our St. Nicholas Prayer Garden. It is to put a smile on all of our faces and thus we can live the words of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: 'A smiling person is the sunshine in the eyes of God.' It is great that the passion and love Fr. Magnus Mayr, the first pastor of St. Nicholas, and the people at that time had is the same passion we still have after 147 years. How else would you describe it except by calling it a miracle?
The recipient of the 2016 Carver Heritage Preservation Award was St. Nicholas Catholic Church located at 412 Fourth Street West in downtown Carver. The award is given annually for the year’s best preservation work in the Carver Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Nicholas was originally constructed in 1868 under the direction of Father Magnus Mayr in a rural European Gothic Revival style with a trace of Greek Revival elements. It features gothic arched windows and a three-story shingled bell tower. Inside, the altar area occupies a half-octagonal extension to the east, and stained glass windows surround the church. During November and December, nominations were solicited from Carver citizens. At the December meeting of the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission, nominations were reviewed and the Commission selected the year’s best preservation work or contribution to the Carver Historic District. The award was then presented by the Mayor and City Council at the January 3, 2017, regular City Council Meeting. Tony Lotzer (Trustee) and Jodee Korkowski (Business Administrator) accepted the award on behalf of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.
St. Nicholas’ restoration projects included: replacing the aging roof with architectural shingles, cleaning the exterior brick, and tuck pointing the brickwork with appropriate and color correct mortar. Interior work was also completed that involved: replacing failing roof trusses, plastering, repainting, woodworking, and reframing the ornate stained glass windows. A large landscaped prayer garden was also added northeast of the church. The St. Nicholas Church Board and parishioners moved forward at great cost and effort to complete these projects that have added to the beauty of the church and the Carver Historic District.
We are grateful to the City of Carver and the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission for this honor and recognition of the work that we did to restore and maintain our facilities. The award is on display in the front of the church along with our Honor Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The sign near the driveway will be with us until the end of 2017 and will then travel to next year's winner of the Preservation Award.