Sculpture & Writing Created by:
Sr. Marie Pierre Semler, M.M.
(Color shown is white)
In 1927 or 28, Father James Anthony Walsh came to Rosary House Art Department to consult with Sr. Marie Pierre about an offer made by a woman of the Catholic faith to pay whatever the cost of procuring a sculpture of Our Lady that would be named of” Our Lady of Maryknoll” –but only if the work be that of a Maryknoll Sister. Would she, Sr. Marie Pierre do it? She replied that under the present circumstances she would not be the one to fulfill such a request, because never in her life had she so much as thought of working in sculpture. Besides, her present work required all the time she had to give. Father was not discouraged. His next request was: Could she give us the idea for it, even in a rough sketch?……..the answer was yes.
The presence of” Our Lady of Maryknoll” would mean a blessing to the world and how would she bless us other than through her little Son? A little son would look to his mother for encouragement or permission to bless the world. This is how Jesus did bless the world when he asked Mary to be His Mother. Luke 1:26,27.
So”, Our Lady of Maryknol” l blesses the world, in unison with her Son, Jesus and encourages all others to do likewise.
The statue was modeled by Sydney Woolett of Boston and sculptured in Italy.
The following was written by Sr. Marie Pierre in 1984
Orb – A rounded mass. A sphere topped by a cross; used as a symbol of royal power. As used in the sculpture of “Our Lady of Maryknol” l, the orb represents the world. The cross signifies the triumph; our Savior’s power over the power of darkness in the world.
The infant Christ blesses the world because the purpose of His coming is to save it from the darkness of deceit. In scripture the Man Christ tells us; “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6 this relates to our Missions.