|The Holy Family concrete statue|
|Juan Diego concrete statue holding the cloak of the Virgin of Guadalupe|
|Closeup of the handpainted Virgin of Guadalupe|
|Back side of the Juan Diego concrete statue|
|The Holy Family Church with nicho containing statue of the Holy Family|
|The concrete statue of the Holy Family stands at the left of the church.|
This week I discovered two sweet concrete statues outside The Holy Family Catholic Church of Fort Collins, Colorado. One is the Holy Family, Mary, Joseph, and the boy Jesus. The other is the infamous Juan Diego, holding his cloak with the miraculous image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Sadly, the statue of the Guadalupe is now missing from the landscape, and the fountain was not running. (See the photo below from the church website for reference.) I planned to photograph inside the church, but it was locked. I will have to visit one morning after Mass, and ask what happened to the Guadalupe.
|Photo of The Holy Family Catholic Church|
Forgotten Fort Collins's website tells the story of Lee Martinez who helped build the church. His family came from Southern Colorado's Huerfano County in 1906. I am enjoying reading about his prominent role in the early days of Fort Collins history.
So...much more photography to come in my exploration of the Spanish-Catholic influences on this frontier town of Fort Collins.
Please stop by and visit Rebecca Brooks' Mornings with Mary, as I have linked my post to her sharing.