Last month, The Compass reported that an abandoned statue of the Blessed Mother was discovered in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly in De Pere. (See this link.) After rescuing the statue and hoping the rightful owner might contact The Compass, we have decided to offer this ceramic statue, which stands 25 inches in height, to a new owner.
When the statue was rescued, both its left arm and head were detached. With some TLC, epoxy and amateur repair work, the Blessed Mother is now in one piece. On Dec. 2, Bishop David Ricken agreed to bless the statue before it finds a new home.
Here is the plan: Anyone interested in welcoming the statue of Mary into their home should write a brief letter (one or two paragraphs will suffice) explaining why they would like to adopt Mother Mary. Those wishing to gift the statue to a loved one, such as an aging relative, can also send in a written reply. Send your letter via email to [email protected] Our hope is to share with readers the thoughtful letters we receive and announce the new owner on Wednesday, Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The statue clearly shows its battle scars, as I am not an expert in the statue repair field. However, it is fairly new and newly blessed!
About Sam Lucero
Lucero is news and information director for The Compass and a 30-year veteran of the Catholic press. When not at his desk, he enjoys taking photos and posting them online to share with friends. His “Bugs Up Close,” a macrophotography gallery of insects and plants found in his back yard, is a work in progress. To see a sample go to his Inspired Images website. Follow him on Twitter for tweets about church, photography and technology.