The following comes from the San Bernadino diocese online Inland Catholic Byte.
About 30 statues of the Blessed Mother, some rich in history and all collected by a Phelan resident, have been recently donated to St. Peter and St. Paul Parish in Alta Loma. The parish held a dedication ceremony on May 19 to unveil the installation of the statues in the parish’s social hall.
Thomas Siegars, the donor, contacted the parish over a year ago expressing his intention to donate his collection of statues to the parish. He was planning to move and was no longer able to house the statues. He met St. Peter and St. Paul Pastor, Father Patrick Kirsch while the priest served at Blessed Junipero Serra parish in Phelan and decided to offer the statues to St. Peter and St. Paul.
“You can’t imagine how long I have been waiting for this,” Siegars said. “I certainly love Mary and hope this can bring more people back to Mary.”
Siegars traveled all over the world and brought home statues of Mary from his travels. Each statue has a history and a story behind it that he wanted to share with the greater community. He wished that the collection remain together so that they could be used for education on Marian devotion….
The permanent display at the parish, titled “The Many Faces of Mary,” will provide a place where people may admire the artwork and reflect over Mary’s role in the Church. …
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