Monroe County, Ohio Catholics are being asked to collect all their field stones and drop them off at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery on Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road so that we can duplicate this Portiuncula Chapel like the one above located at the Franciscan University of SteubenvilleFrancis set to begging for stones with which to restore the church of San Damiano. He called to the passers-by: "Whoever gives me one stone will have one reward; two stones, two rewards; three stones, a treble reward!"Saint Francis of AssisiLegend of the Three CompanionsCHAPTER VII
Please round up all your field stones and dump them into the woods next to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery on Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road in the direction of the Portiuncula Hermitage, the white house towards Woodsfield (pictured below). These stones will be used to build the Portiuncula Chapel.
Pictured above is the original Burkhard homestead (circa 1803). The original Burkhard family built and lived in a log cabin located approximately 50 yards behind the current house. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, an unattended fire destoyed the original log cabin. As adults, several of the Burkhard children moved away from Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road to Burkhart Station, Ohio, while other family members went on to Zanesville, Ohio. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather
John Burkhard b: 1856 d: May 5, 1892 divided off five acres from the original property and donated it to the Catholic Church on the premise that no one would ever have to pay to be buried there. It became known as the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. A gentleman named Johan Noll was one of the first settler to be buried there (born in Bavaria in 1796).