Family donates unique Statue to the Saint Mary Library

Aubrey and Jasel’s familyAubrey and Jasel donated a statue of Saint Mary to the school Library. The statue is a replica of the famous Our Lady of Aparecida statue.

vista_da_basilica_de_nossa_senhora_aparecida_aparecida_spThe original statue is housed in an enormous church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The church has space for 45,000 worshippers making it the largest Marian Shrine in the world.

The statue was discovered two hundred ninety-nine years ago by three Catholic fishermen. They recognized the statue as an image of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and named the statue Our Lady of the Appeared Conception, or Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida in Portugese.

Many Catholics in Brazil have adopted Our Lady of Aparecida as the patroness of their country. Pope Francis drew worldwide attention to the statue by adding a replica to the Vatican Gardens.

The statue at the School of Saint Mary is found in the library and is a gift of the Bailey family. Thank you.