When the drape was removed unveiling the new St. Ignatius of Loyola statue at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, the crowd clapped in excitement. Oohs and ahhs could be heard as the worshipers got their first look at the much-anticipated statue.
On July 31, the feast day of St. Ignatius, more than 150 people gathered for a service dedicating the life-size bronze statue outside Ignatius Hall at the church. St. Ignatius is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuit Order, which is the order of the priests that administer the St. Raphael parish. The feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola celebrates the day that the Spanish knight died.
Our priests wanted us to have a statue to help us identify with the Jesuits and become more familiar with St. Ignatius. Since we have a school on our church campus, we also wanted to expose our students to St. Ignatius as well, said Gen Koeppl, a member of the Arts Liturgical Environmental Committee at the church. Because this statue will be a constant reminder of this great saint, it will enhance the spiritual lives of our parishioners.
The statue was commissioned by the Ken Horn Foundation and other Friends of Ignatius after five years of discussion by parishioners who sought a statue of St. Ignatius. Sculptor Shelly Kolman Smith of Poetry, Texas, who specializes in portraits and liturgical art, created the statue especially for St. Raphaels. During the dedication ceremony, Smith explained the sculpting process to attendees using a slide presentation. The service also included music, prayer and a blessing of the statue. After the indoor service, the worshipers headed outside for the unveiling of the statue and a final blessing.
The ceremony was very moving and spiritual, Koeppl said. People had been excited for weeks to see what the statue looked like, and everyone was amazed at the likeness to St. Ignatius.
Singles worship night held
Hope Community Church is having its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music. For more information, call 919-532-0620, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/hccjourney.
Jehovahs Witnesses convene
The Jehovahs Witnesses are holding their annual district convention from 9:20 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, and from 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. The conference began this past weekend. This years theme is Gods Word Is Truth based on John 17:17, and the community is invited to the free event. Over 20,000 delegates from the Triangle, Sand Hills, Wilmington and Fayetteville are expected at the convention. Visit http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions for a schedule of programs or call 919-608-4654 for more information.
Believers Community visits Mudcats
Singles of all ages and all denominations are invited to the Believers Community gathering at the Carolina Mudcats baseball game at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Parking is $5. Purchase a ticket in the Cattails section by calling 919-269-2287 before the event. When you arrive, ask to be seated with Charles Kiles group in the third section of Cattails. For more information, visit http://nightonthetown2002.tripod.com/summer-events.html.
Triangle Chamber Musicians debut
A new chamber group, composed of musicians from the North Carolina Symphony, will make its debut at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The Triangle Chamber Musicians include associate concertmaster Dovid Friedlander, assistant principal viola Chris Fischer, a second viola, a cellist and a French horn player. The concert is free and will feature music by Brahms and Mozart. For more information, contact the church at 919-828-1687.
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