the much anticipated statues installed at St. Ann’s…

Image: Catholic News & Herald

Installed and unveiled this past weekend, just in time to be birthday presents to Our Lord, the 12 custom made Italian statues surround the church in their hand gold leafed niches. Read the News & Herald’s full article here.

Seriously, if you ever plan to visit Charlotte you must attend mass at this parish.

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  • tj.nelson

    Wow! They are beautiful! And favorite saints of mine.

  • Dan

    As an aside, your move to St Anns and your exposure to the great pastor Fr Reid has done wonders for your writing and pieces.
    You sound more Catholic than ever before.

    • Nah. It’s mostly due to having better literary role models. But thanks! Yes, we love Fr. Reid. If you’re ever there and happen to notice a ginger headed torch bearer look for me in the front pews. Stop by and say hi.

      • Dan

        Sure will.
        You must have saints for literary role models then.
        Have you seen the great poem dedicated to the Virgin by Edgar Allan Poe?:

        Sancta Maria

        Sancta Maria! turn thine eyes-
        Upon the sinner’s sacrifice,
        Of fervent prayer and humble love,
        From thy holy throne above.
        At morn – at noon – at twilight dim-
        Maria! thou hast heard my hymn!
        In joy and wo – in good and ill-
        Mother of God, be with me still!

        When the Hours flew brightly by,
        And not a cloud obscured the sky,
        My soul, lest it should truant be,
        Thy grace did guide to thine and thee;

        Now, when storms of Fate o’ercast
        Darkly my Present and my Past,
        Let my Future radiant shine
        With sweet hopes of thee and thine!
        – Poem By Edgar Allan Poe