11 December 2011

Religious Statue Unveiled

New York Tribune: 6 Oct 1919, p.9

Updated:A statue of the Blessed Virgin and Child, pronounced by connoisseurs to be the most artistic sculpture of the subject in America, was unveiled yesterday afternoon in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Sixty sixth Street and Lexington Avenue.
The statue if of alabaster and onyx marble, greater than life size, and was donated by a parishioner who does not wish his identity disclosed.  Lee O. Lawrie was the sculptor.
The Very Rev. J.R. Hefferman, 0. P., pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer's, chose three little girl pupils of his parochial school, daughters of the poorest families in the parish to unveil the figure. The Rt. Rev. John T. McNicholas, Dominican Bishop of Duluth, blessed the statue. The Rev. J. B. O'Connor preached the sermon. Ardolino Brothers did the carving on the statue. A solid silver crown set with jewels surmounts the figure of the Virgin. It cost $2,500.


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