Walking in God's Country

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    Blake Steckler of Leopold, 14, led a group of Christians along the Way of the Cross path on Good Friday at GodÕs Country, a Christian retreat in Perry County. It operates as a nonprofit, St. JosephÕs Holy Family Inc., created in 2001 by the Greg and Elizabeth Haas family and caters to the prayerful in the surrounding area. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Joshua Raphael Ginter, 10, carried the cross next to his father, Mark, right, as they crossed an open field on the property, making their way to the beginning of the Way of the Cross trail on Good Friday. The retreatÕs mission is to allow worshippers a place to pray and reflect without distraction. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Greg Haas of Newburgh and his wife, Elizabeth, center, joined others in prayer along the Way of the Cross trail at GodÕs Country on Good Friday. Greg is the grandson of Joseph Ubelhor, a stone mason who built a grotto on the grounds in 1980 and referred to the area as ÒGodÕs countryÓ with his family. Ubelhor died in 1997, but his grandson has been improving the grounds ever since and has plans for expansion with new grottoes and trails. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    An old family photograph of Greg Haas, his wife, Elizabeth, and four of their now seven children Ñ Julia, Lucas, Sarah and Aimee Ñ sits in the cabin on the GodÕs Country property. The Haas family created the nonprofit in 2001. The cabin is used for meals and other gatherings. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Mikaela Crossley of Orville, Ohio, 13, left, and Theresa Haas of Newburgh, 16, second from left, looked up as they prayed along with others during the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at GodÕs Country. Theresa is the great-granddaughter of Joseph Ubelhor, who owned the land before some of his descendants turned it into the retreat, and Mikaela is his great-great-granddaughter. One of the missions of the retreat, according to GodÕs Country Director Mark Ginter, is Òthe renewal of Catholic family life.Ó Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Bev Himsel of Ireland, left, and Cindy Kluemper of Jasper used hammers to drive nails into the Old Rugged Cross that rests on the grounds at GodÕs Country during a retreat April 27. The nails represent sins and anxieties. ÒThis is the place for you to leave it behind,Ó GodÕs Country Director Mark Ginter says. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    A piece of cloth with the image of Jesus used as a likeness of the Christian relic the Shroud of Turin was carried to a resting place symbolizing the tomb of Jesus as worshippers walked and prayed along the Way of the Cross path at GodÕs Country on Good Friday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Retired priest Father Jean Vogler of Santa Claus, middle, got a bite to eat along with other worshippers at lunch during a First Saturday devotion at GodÕs Country on May 4. Special prayer gatherings are held at GodÕs Country on the first Saturday of each month. They include a Mass, confession, prayer talks and often food. GodÕs Country operates as an independent apostolate under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and is able to offer Communion to worshippers during Mass as well as the opportunity to have confessions heard by a priest. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Mark Ginter, director of GodÕs Country, on Good Friday carefully hung a cloth meant to represent the Christian relic the Shroud of Turin for the Way of the Cross that was to take place later in the day. Before taking over as director of the nonprofit in 2009, Ginter taught theology full time at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for 13 years. He continues to work as an adjunct instructor at the seminary. Matthew Busch/The Herald