Statue of Holy Mother, Christ Child returns to Divine Redeemer
MOUNT CARMEL - After an 18-year absence, the statue of Mother Mary and her Christ Child returned to its former home atop Divine Redeemer Church Friday.
The statue sat for more than 100 years on its high pedestal at Our Mother of Consolation Church. Shortly after the church became Divine Redeemer parish with the consolidation of five parishes in 1995, the statue was taken down and moved to Our Mother of Consolation Cemetery on the Merriam Mountain.
The statue, which was made in Paris, France, needed restoration after years of exposure to the elements.
The restoration and the raising of the statue was done by Frank Lawski, of Industrial Maintenance and Construction (IMAC), Mount Carmel.
About 15 people gathered across the street from the church on the Feast of All Saints Day to see the statue return home. One of the onlookers was the Rev. Martin Moran of Divine Redeemer.
"We wanted to return her home for the 95th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima on Oct. 13," Moran said.
"This is one thing the people of the church wanted to do. Our hope is to get her lighted so people coming over the Viaduct can see her at night," Moran said.
"She's home again," he said, while the statue was moved into place by Lawski high above the street. Lawski was assisted by his employee, Bob Harris, and a crane rented from Zartman Construction.