It was decided in 1844 to build the present church and at the request of
the first resident pastor, Father Schonat, to dedicate the Church to the
Holy Cross. The inscription now covered by the "Follow Me" statue reads
from Galatians 6:14: God forbid that I should glory, but in the
Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me and
I to the world.