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St. Joseph

One of the side chapels of the church was devoted to St. Joseph and in 1913, a remarkable statue was secured for it. The image, which is of carved wood, richly polychromed, was the work of a Belgian painter and sculptor Joseph Speybroek of Courtrai, an artist whose fame, promised to reach a very high level. The saint is represented standing behind the Child Jesus, as the Church directs, in an attitude, which combines loving respect with paternal solicitude. Both are attired in the costume of the East and the lineaments of the faces are equally reminiscent of the human origin and descent of Our Saviour. It is easy to imagine the Palestinian background of the group. The sculptor's work is inspired by the celebrated illustrations of the Bible by the great French artist, Joseph Jacques, better known in this country as James Tissot.(1836 - 1902.)

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