Bishop Edward Burns noticed a Corpus of Christ that was stored at the Shrine of St. Therese and after prayer and reflection, decided he would personally fund a project of erecting the cross near the Shrine entrance. Bishop Burns shared, "This is my contribution to the Shrine in memory of the deceased members of my family".
The Corpus was sandblasted by Jim Betts and painted by Gary Stears, with input from Deacon Charles Rohrbacher on the colors. A yellow cedar tree was logged from Corner Bay and brought to Tenakee where it was loaded on the ferry to Juneau. Victor Banaszak of VRB Construction, assisted Jim Donaghey in transporting the beam to the Shrine.
Dale Young of VRB Construction worked to install the Corpus on the cedar beam and build a wooden canopy over the Corpus. Tim Dimond, with assistance from Sam Bertoni, built the foundation. On November 18, 2011, a boom truck, operated by Tim Dimond was used to lift the Cross to its new location near the entrance to the Shrine grounds. Helping Tim complete the task were Dale Young, Victor Banaszak, Sam Bertoni and Irl Palmer.
Pictures were taken by Jack Beedle.