The Church in the Woods

For the story of the Log Church in Sawyer and the St. Kateri shrine click here

Your help is needed to preserve this authentic piece of history!

  • Project Supporter: $1 to $99 
  • Foundation Supporter: $100 to $499
  • Roof Helper: $500 to $999 
  • Log Restorer: $1,000 to $1,499
  • Interior Renovator: $1,500 to $1,999 
  • Bell Tower Ringer: $2,000 (you will get to ring the bell if you visit!)

Donations from individuals will be acknowledged by a listing of names for each level of donations in a glass frame or plaque.

Your donations can also be made by sending a check made out to “SMJ Log Church Project” to:

Log Church Project 
509 Sunrise Drive
Carlton, Minnesota 55718

(Note: The above address is the location of the parish offices for Saints Mary & Joseph in Sawyer. The phone number is 218-384-4563.)

  • Sawyer Log Church
  • From the Sanctuary toward the Choir Loft
  • 1940 Meeting Hall Addition
  • Lily of the Mohawks Shrine
  • From Choir Loft toward the Sancturary
  • Oldest Wooden Altar in the Diocese 1872 (Detail)
  • The story of the Sawyer Log Church
  • Sawyer Log Church Interior
  • Interior detail

Corporate donations are welcome and will be recognized on a distinctive Giving Tree plaque:

Silver Supporter: $1,000+
Gold Supporter: $5,000+
Platinum Supporter: $10,000+
Diamond Supporter: $20,000+