The journey of St. Peter and Paul’s 100-yr-old Sacred Heart of Jesus statue
Early in May the rectory of Saints Peter and Paul-Epiphany Parish (Williamsburg’s oldest Catholic church) was heartbroken to find their century-old Sacred Heart of Jesus statue had been taken from its outside pedestal. Fortunately, not long after the theft someone found the statue in a waste bin and returned it to the church on discovering where it belonged.
The statue, which is over a century old, suffered some minor damage so it was given to D’Ambrosio Ecclesiastical Art Studios to be professionally cleaned and repaired. D’Ambrosio’s then gifted the rectory with a replacement statue that is larger than its 4-foot forebear and has been secured to the pedestal with screws. The new statue arrived at the rectory on the morning of May 27th.
“[In the past weeks] We’ve seen at least three people measuring the pedestal and many calls came in from those who want to donate another Sacred Heart of Jesus statue!” said Mother Maria Bendita “[This generousity] is beautiful to see.” She added and also mentioned those who have sent donations to help replace the statue. She now hopes people will see the new one and the word will get out that they have two statues now.
The 100-year-old statue once repaired will reside inside the rectory until the construction on the new Saints Peter and Paul-Epiphany Parish is completed; then it will have a permanent place inside the church. A New Jersey family gave the church this statue, which had been in their family for more than a century, in 2012 on hearing the church’s original Sacred Heart of Jesus statue had been stolen.
The NYPD has yet to make an arrest in the recent theft, but they have received additional and clearer footage of the crime from another surveillance camera. If you have any information that could lead to the identity of the thieves call: 800-577-TIPS or go to the NYC Crime Stoppers website.