St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene

John Collier

St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, the first witness to the Resurrection, is carrying spices to the tomb. But she sees the stone has been rolled away.  The spice jars are unopened; there is no need for them. Christ has risen from the dead.  St. Mary Magdalene honors those who serve, the airline employees and passengers and the thousands of volunteers following 9/11 who offered their time and talents in the recovery effort following the fall of the twin towers.  Bronze, five feet in height, resting on a one-foot pedestal.

The overall concept of the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero was the brainchild of Father Kevin Madigan, then Pastor of St. Peter's Church who administered St. Joseph's Chapel.  The Chapel had been damaged following the fall of the twin towers, and Father Madigan seized the opportunity of honoring those who died and took part in the recovery effort as the Chapel was renovated.  The idea of the commemorative saints and the underlying theme of life coming from the seed that dies in the ground (John 12:24), incorporated in the baptismal font, altar and window behind the altar all came from Father Madigan's prayerful planning.  The concept was executed by Lawrence Hoy of Renovata Studios.  

 

John Collier was chosen as the chief sculptor and created the patron saints of police, firefighters, workers plus a Mary Magdalene sculpture representing the Chapel theme, Resurrection, as she was the first witness to the Resurrection.