Statue vandalism saddens, befuddles

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
An elegant, life-size white statue of Our Lady sits on a pedestal in a small garden with well-kept greenery and flowers at Gratiot and Third Streets just south of Downtown. "In the form of that image, the Blessed Mother has stood watch and welcomed for about half a century all who approach our historic church," wrote Father Brian Harrison, chaplain of St. Mary of Victories Chapel. The statue, a "signature" feature of St. Mary of Victories, was vandalized sometime late Aug. 9 or early the next morning -- the head was sliced off and was missing.

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