View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mary statue donated to St. Padre Pio Chapel

Paul Saltarello of Auburn has donated a 350-lb stature of the Mary to the St. Padre Pio Chapel (here in sunny Gates, N.Y.).

According to a news story, he visited the chapel several months ago and "was struck by its beauty and reverence for the saint" (I agree). He then donated a restored Virgin Mary statue that was in his basement for more than a decade.

The statue was originally inside a shrine at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Auburn. The church was going to replace the 53-year-old statue with a "more modern" one and were going to demolish the old one, so Saltarello saved it.

The statue arrived at the St. Padre Pio Chapel last week., It's apparently going to be unveiled September 21.

I look forward to seeing the statue.

Here's the full story:


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