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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."