The statuary in the Lower Church is donated by various families in the church indicating their special prayers and devotions.
For All the Saints
The statues and stained glass windows in the Lower Church display a beautiful array of saints from around the world and from many time periods.
St. Charles Lwanga
St. Charles Lwanga was a young man from Uganda who resisted the force of the king and was martyred by being burned at the stake. This original carving was commissioned by the Watson Family and completed by Anja Zunkeler.
This new wood carved statue of St. Joseph was commissioned by the Morris Family. The plinth and all the statue shelves were crafted by members of the Greenville Woodworkers Guild from oak pews salvaged from the old OLR.
St. Maria Goretti
St. Maria Goretti was a young woman who resisted a rapist who stabbed her. She is remembered here with this beautiful antique statue donated by the Morris Family.
Our Lady of Walsingham
The Shrine of Walsingham in England was the Lourdes of its day. Throughout the Middle Ages it was hugely popular with pilgrims. At the Protestant Revolution the King’s forces took the ancient statue and threw it on the bonfires.
In the early 20th century the Shrine in England was restored and an image of the original statue was recovered. This version of Our Lady of Walsingham was commissioned by Fr. Longenecker and carved by Anja Zunkeler.
St. John Paul II
The image of Pope John Paul II is supported by a first class relic enshrined below. This relic is a tiny piece of linen soaked in the blood he shed when he was nearly assassinated. The photograph to the right shows Fr. Longenecker receiving the relic from Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, Poland who was Pope John Paul’s secretary at time of the assassination attempt.
St. Faustina Kowalska
The morning we received the relic of Pope St. John Paul II we also visited the convent in Krakow where St. Faustina served as a nun. The photograph to the left shows Fr. Longenecker receiving the Faustina relic at her tomb in the convent chapel. After handing over the relic, the nun said to Fr. Longenecker, “Now Faustina is one of your parishioners!”
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