In the autumn of 1993, two weeks after his return from Lithuania, Pope John Paul II, while visiting the Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna in Italy mentioned that there are two special hills in Europe, namely the Mount La Verna and the Hill of Crosses and thus a bridge between these two hills should be built. Therefore, he encouraged the Franciscan friars to build a monastery at the Hill of Crosses. The Franciscans immediately responded to the Pope’s urging. The Franciscan Brothers of the Province of Tuscany contributed to the construction of the building standing 300 meters away from the Hill of Crosses. The monastery was solemnly consecrated on 8 July 2000.