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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

St. Padre Pio Statues - and Concert

The St. Padre Pio Chapel is home to a number of statues.
I took pictures of a few of them.

One statue of Mary (above) was actually being discarded by a parish because the statue was too "old-fashioned," but it got rescued by a lay person who repaired the statue and donated it to the Chapel.

By the way, the St. Padre Pio Institute of Rochester has scheduled a concert by the The Father Beatini Choir in Concert at 7:30 at the Chapel tonight (Friday).

The Chapel is located at 141 Frank DiMino Way, which is off Manitou Road in the Town of Gates, a suburb of Rochester.

It's free and you get a chance to see the beautiful chapel and all of its statues.


Blogger Rob said...

It is a beautiful chapel.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

I don't know that my objection to the statues is that they're old fashioned, but rather that they're not. They appear to be plaster reproductions acquired from factories through religious goods catalogues or stores.

And while I can appreciate the aversion to modern art, what is a mystery to me is why Catholics don't demand sculptures that are truly beautiful, artistic, and worthy.

Michelangelo painted ceilings, not his statues.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Todd. Where are the truly amazing statues that once graced our churches? A lot of the modern statues are, well, very bland. As for the older statues in closed churches, what has happened to them? Not all of them are in poor condition, there have been some very beautiful ones that have just disappeared.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

While the statues may not meet certain aesthetic and intellectual criteria, they are appreciated by a number of people who find them beautiful, comforting, and spiritually inspiring.

7:39 AM  
Blogger David Marciniak said...

Agreed, Lee. Our mission parish was stripped of its statues when the diocesan parish was closed. We have been slowly bringing them back since our community took over the property. They add such a sense of connectedness to the Church Triumphant. We have quite a collection have given me an idea: I think I will post them! Thanks

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Todd said...

"Where are the truly amazing statues that once graced our churches?"

I don't think Catholic churches in North America ever had many of them. One thing you can't pin on Vatican II.

8:32 PM  

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