FRAY JUAN de PADILLA


Cross at Padilla Monument west of Lyons, KS on US-56
The cross at sunset
            This Cross is erected to the memory of Father Padilla, Franciscan Missionary, who stood with Coronado at the erection of the first Christian Cross on these prairies.  Father Padilla devoted his life to the service of the Cross and to the Indians of Quivira and suffered a martyr's death in that service in the year of our Lord 1542.

          The symbol on the Cross is inscribed, Jesus Christ, Victor, and expresses the victory of faith and sacrifice.  The square, quartered by the cross denotes the four corners of the world brought into Christian unity when Father Padilla carried the Cross of Christianity to the center of the new world.

This monument is a gift to the People of Kansas by the Knights of Columbus of this State.  Erected 1950.

This cross rededicated by the Knights of Columbus of Kansas in celebration of their Centennial in the Jubilee Year.
 
September 17, 2000

Stone marker & cross on US56


between Lyons and Chase in Rice county

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September 24, 2000 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.info

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