In a scene most spectators said they never expect to witness again, a new coffin bearing the remains of a woman about to be declared a Catholic saint was installed in a new shrine 150 years after her death.
The simple box, hand-crafted from walnut trees grown on the grounds Guerin walked as a 19th-century nun, was placed next to a display featuring three bones from her hand.
For nearly 100 years, Guerin's remains had been stored beneath the floor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, an Italianesque church here at the headquarters of the Sisters of Providence, near the village of St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
But the Catholic Church requires the remains of a saint to be displayed above ground. Guerin will be canonized in Rome on Oct. 15.Update: Mother Guerin is now canonized.