Penance Chain

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli penance chain

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, was a man of deep faith. After his death there was found embedded in his flesh an iron chain which he had worn around his body in order to be united with the sufferings of Christ. All knew of his unobtrusive fasting and abstinence. Now they discovered that he believed the many hardships of his life were not quite enough to express his love for the all-loving Redeemer. Those who visit Sinsinawa Mound, where the chain is available for veneration, find in it a powerful reminder of the sacrifices of the missionary and his selfless service.

Praying with the Chain

Visitors can pray at any time with the chain in silent prayer while the Mazzuchelli Exhibit is open.

Upon request, people can come to the Mound and, along with a Sister, pray with the chain. To schedule a time with a Sister, please contact the Mazzuchelli office at (608) 748-4411 ext. 870, Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., or email to make arrangements to pray with the chain.

  The Sisters will not be available during the following dates to pray with the chain:
Good Friday through Easter, April 7-9;
Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 23; and
After May 15, 2023

Learn More

Mazzuchelli Video