A blessing of the repaired Sacred Heart of Jesus statue was held Sunday in the garden behind St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.
The statue lost several fingers during Hurricane Katrina a decade ago, and then-Archbishop Alfred Hughes promised the statue would not be repaired until New Orleans was rebuilt.
While current Archbishop Gregory Aymond acknowledges there is still work to be done, the archdiocese said he felt now was an appropriate time to repair the statue to celebrate and give thanks for the work that has been done and to focus the city on a symbol of hope as it moves forward with recovery.
The statue, also known locally as ‘Touchdown Jesus,’ was sculpted in the Lenzi studio of Pietrasanta, Italy, a Tuscan town that still boasts a half-dozen sculpting studios. The statue’s French inscription reads: ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have confidence in you.’