“Last year, I started contemplating which saint would be most appropriate to welcome visitors into our new gathering space,” said Fr. Richard Treml, 17-year pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, as well as nearby St. Mary Burnside, St. Patrick Chapel in Clifford and Sacred Heart in Brown City. “One of the first individuals to come to mind was Blessed Solanus Casey.”
Given so many local stories, Fr. Treml contacted Leann Cooper and Patrick Flynn, siblings and co-owners of Michigan Church Supply in Mount Morris, to inquire about a statue. They worked closely with Fr. Treml to create mockups, and commissioned artisans from a family-owned business in Ortisei (situated in the Alps of northern Italy) to create a 5-foot-tall, hand-carved, hand-painted statue made of lindenwood.
Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda blesses the new statue along with Fr. Richard Treml, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, and Fr. Sama Muma, associate pastor
(Courtesy of Detroit Catholic)