miraculous staircase

I love this story about the staircase St Joseph is reported to have built and it really is fascinating. hell experiences from death, hell experiences video, near death hell experiences, heaven hell experiences, after life hell experiences, saint joseph, saint joseph patron saint of workers, saint joseph prayers, saint joseph information, saint joseph novena, abortion and religion, abortion facts pro life, blessed virgin mary, hail mary, saint mary mother of jesus, mary mother of god, mary mother of jesus, mary mother of god prayer, mary mother of god appearances, mary mother of god apparitions

I just finished a the thirty day St Joseph cloak novena prayers today for some special intentions and so, in thanksgiving for St Joseph answering my prayers (in a much different way than I expected but the results have been amazing!) I decided to publish this story on the blog. Oh, and because St Joseph is my patron saint also!


I hope you enjoy the explanation below. It’s taken from the website of the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe which has the honour of housing the miracolous staircase. As my dad was a carpenter I offer this post also in his honour, may he rest in peace.Amen.

“Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel.

Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers.

The stairway’s carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today.

The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. Questions also surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway’s construction.

Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the miraculous staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including “Unsolved Mysteries” and the television movie titled “The Staircase.”

St Joseph’s Staircase chapel website


miraculous staircase