Stunning Holy Family Sculptures

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for the Holy Family Church – by Conrad Schmitt Studios
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Statue of the Holy Family on Notre Dame’s Campus

As a Canadian, I was delighted to discover Devotion to The Holy Family can be traced back to 17th century Québec when the first bishop of New France, Blessed François de Laval expanded the role of the Confraternity of the Holy Family, an association with roots going back to the very founding of Montréal.

Josefina de Vasconcellos – “Holy Family”,14th century depiction of the Holy family
Josefina de Vasconcellos – “Holy Family”,14th-century depiction of the Holy family


 Modern Holy Family Sculpture often focuses on the intimacy and love Joseph and Mary have for their son, Jesus. They also depict Joseph’s protective strength which is something that I really had not considered before looking at these statues.

Catechism of the Catholic Church says this of the Holy Family and the Church:

Mosleh Workshop, West Bank - Holy Family Sculpture.
Mosleh Workshop, West Bank – Holy Family Sculpture.

 “Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than ‘the family of God.’ From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers ‘together with all their household’ Acts 11:14. When they were converted, they desired that ‘their whole household’ Acts 16:15,31 should also be saved.

Statue of the Holy Family on Notre Dame's Campus
Statue of the Holy Family on Notre Dame’s Campus

These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world. In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family theEcclesia Domestica (the Domestic Church).” dddf3c72b114233e7ef1374a73b6f51e


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5 thoughts on “Stunning Holy Family Sculptures

  1. Saludos desde Lima-Perú, le agradezco de ver estas esculturas de la Sagrada Familia, mi Taller se llama Talleres Sagrada Familia y Servicios Múltiples, es en honor a la familia, nosotros hacemos o materializamos trabajos de compromiso litúrgico en diferentes compromisos, si tiene más cuente con nuestro e-mail que es, le escribe su humilde servidor y responsable de la misma José Amado Mendoza.


    1. translation- Greetings from Lima, Peru, I appreciate seeing these sculptures of the Sagrada Familia, my workshop is called Talleres Sagrada Familia and Multiple Services, is in honor of the family, we do or materialize work of liturgical commitment to various commitments, if you have more count on our e-mail that is , your humble servant writes and responsible for it José Amado Mendoza.


  2. I recently lost my home in the Tubbs Fire. I had one of the pieces that are displayed on the Joy of Nice9. I would very much like to purchase the sculpture again but am not sure how to. Could you give me some advice and direction. I will then send you the story and a picture of my statue that burned as well. Thanks so much for your assistance. Cheryl Fox

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  3. Some of the most amesing Holy Family sculptures origionate in Africa .Why are they not mentionet ?
    see youtube Catholic Christmas across Africa .
    -or Zimbabwe Nativity Sculptures . !


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