A 33-foot, 8,400-pound statue of the Blessed Virgin is coming to town.
The three-story stainless steel sculpture, called the Our Lady of the Millennium statue, will be on display at SS Peter and Paul Church, at 36 N. Ellsworth Ave. in Naperville, from Sunday to Aug. 21.
Delaware artist Charles Cooper Parks tried to capture the religious figure’s reverence and faith that inspires the many people who view it, said the organizers of the statue’s arrival at SS Peter and Paul.
Carl Demma of Oak Lawn and his wife, Frances, commissioned the statue. He sold his business to have the statue designed and shipped it to St. Louis in January 1999 to have visiting Pope John Paul II bless it. On Mother’s Day 1999, Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago blessed it at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
Since then, the statue has toured 170 parishes. [Source]
You never know what to expect when you read "three-story stainless steel sculpture," so it is nice to be pleasantly surprised.