The Saint John's Cross
Over the years, the Saint John's Cross has become an identifying symbol for Saint John’s. Originally designed by Br. Frank Kacmarcik, this cross was rendered into wood and brass by K.C. Marrin to be given to the monks upon their entrance into community as a sign of their commitment to follow Christ. Abbey Woodworking now hand crafts cross out of oak from the Saint John's forests to share with guests, alumni, and all who wish to reflect upon the cross.
Significance of the Design
The arms of the cross are rough cut with saw marks clearly visible. The cross is divided in the center allowing light to emerge in symbolic reference to the resurrection of Jesus, an inseparable part of his death on the cross. In this rendition, a brass insert in the center of the cross depicts that light. The point at the base refers to the use of the cross in liturgy where it is carried in procession.
Purchase a Saint John's Abbey Cross
Each Saint John's Cross is made by Saint John's Abbey Woodworking
from wood harvested from the Abbey Arboretum.
Large Saint John's Cross (14"x16") – $300
Small Saint John's Cross (10"x12") – $150