The Cathedral of St. Mary

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Immaculate Conception

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And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."  But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus."

... Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word."


Luke 1: 28-31, 38a-b


Remembrances of St. Mary, the Mother of God, and patroness of our parish, abound around the parish campus.  Several instances of these reminders were used to create the site's main banner.  The table below describes the images and their history.


Image #



This statue graces the entrance to the church from the Gathering Space.  It was repainted to match The Pieta (see #3) in the west rear of the church.

2 Located in the parish office, this image is part of a picture depicting the Holy Family.  This picture of the Holy Family came from an old house that used to be on the corner of 11th St. and Columbia.  When the church purchased this property, the cook at the rectory for the priests, Lillian Duffy, was given this picture.  Her daughter, Mary Eller, the present housekeeper at the rectory, decided that this picture had been in her attic at home too long and returned it to its original neighborhood by giving it to the parish office.
3 The Pieta (restored by Conrad Schmitt Studios) depicts Mary holding Jesus after he was taken down from the cross.  This statue has been in the church for more than 100 years.
4 Located in the east rear of the church, this statue of Mary stands along with a companion statue of her husband, St. Joseph.  This Italian linden wood statue was initially placed in the church in 1951.  It was moved in 1976 to the right side of the sanctuary before eventually being moved to its current location near the front entrance.
5 Located in the parish office dining room, this statue is on loan from Mary Ann Doss who works in the parish office.  It was originally purchased through a monk from the monastery at St. Meinrad.
6 One of many stone statues of Mary that can be found on the parish campus.  This statue sits in the courtyard area between St. Mary Elementary School (near the pre-school entrance) and the old convent (now the parish office).  The statue was placed there by the Sisters of Providence.  This area was always referred to as Sister Margaret Jeanette's garden.  She planted flowers and always took care of this garden area.  She returned to St. Mary's of the Woods in her later years and remained there until her death.
7 Located in the hallway area of the parish office across from #8, this small reproduction of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (also known as the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, the Virgin of Einsiedeln, and Our Lady of Hermits)  was donated to the parish office by Mary Ann Doss.  Fittingly, there is a beautiful reproduction of this statue at the St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.  St. Meinrad was a Benedictine monk in Switzerland in the late-800s who lived a life of solitude and veneration of the Blessed Virgin.  When he started his life as a hermit, moving deep into the wilderness, he took his belongings and the original statue which currently resides in the abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. 
8 Located just beyond the parish office foyer and in the hallway leading to the parish administrative offices, this drawing of Our Lady (from a vision in Georgia), belonged to Sr. Rose Maureen King.  She left the drawing here for the parish office when she moved from the former convent to an apartment in West Lafayette.  She later returned to the Mother House at St. Mary's of the Woods where she remained until her death.
9 Located in the foyer to the current parish office, this wooden statue of the Madonna and Child greets visitors to the parish office.  This statue was originally purchased for the entry way of the old convent for the Sisters of Providence when the convent was constructed in the early 1950s.  The statue remains in the same space today.
10 Located in the Gathering Space across from Bishop's Memorial Hall, this wooden carving of Mary is part of the Giving Tree found along with the names of parishioner contributors to the Cathedral renovation project.
11 Located in the parish office dining room, this is an rare picture of The Holy Sepulcher of Mary.  This picture was donated to parish when parishioner Cecilia Robbins left her home to enter a nursing home.
12 This statue can be found in the courtyard between the church and St. Mary Elementary School.  It is located nestled in evergreen trees and between two benches which provide opportunity to sit with the Blessed Mother and pray.  It was donated in memory of Sean & Tricia Busch.
13 Located in the east window at the rear of the nave is an image of Our Lady of Lourdes appearing to St. Bernadette (1844-1879).  A miraculous spring emerged from a cave at the site of the visions in which healing continues to occur.   While the founding families of the parish were predominantly Irish, some were French (and the area has significant French origins).  French symbolism can be found throughout the Cathedral and, in particular, in this stained glass window where Mary speaks in French to St. Bernadette (on March 25, 1858).  Her nimbus is inscribed, "Je suis L'Immaculee Conception" -- "I am the Immaculate Conception."


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