CHICAGO (TOC) — A statue honoring the victims of a horrible fireplace was returned to Our Woman of the Angels church in Chicago.
The 400-pound Carrara marble statue was transported Tuesday with reverence and nice care by way of neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Aspect.
The statue of Mary was commissioned as a memorial for many who died in Our Woman of the Angels College fireplace in 1958, when 92 youngsters and three sisters died.
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“Big flame shot proper out from the place I used to be standing,” survivor Larry Sorce recalled. “Twenty-four of my classmates had been useless or dying on the bottom.”
The statue was returned to her authentic house mounted on the Chicago Hearth Division’s Truck 26 and was escorted by six different items.
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“Out of a horrible, horrible factor that occurred 64 years in the past, we’re additionally grateful that in some way, some good got here from this,” survivor Annette Szafran stated.
In keeping with a number of the survivors, one of many survivors apparently took the statue to Holy Household for safekeeping years in the past when Our Woman of the Angels was closing. Survivor Rosalie O’Brien stated it was her late husband.
“He did it by himself,” O’Brien stated. “I do not know the way he did it, however he did it by himself.”
Cardinal Cupich blessed the statue on Tuesday as sisters of The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary Order witnessed her return.
“She’s bought a spot,” O’Brien stated. “I do know the folks right here will love her like we do. She’s in her house. I am glad she is house.”
“It is a great, stunning expertise to have her to come back again to the place she actually belongs,” Szafran stated.
“We are going to always remember,” Sorce stated. “We now have to honor our classmates and our sisters who misplaced their lives.”
Our Woman of the Angels is now an outreach middle for retreats and social companies. All guests will now be greeted by the Blessed Mom and reminded of this historical past of this floor.
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