However, the statue was subsequently sent to Daprato Rigali Studios for repair. The Daprato brothers had made the original statue.
Elizabeth Rigali, director of art and design for the studio, said it was an honor to repair the statue, according to the diocese.
As part of the restoration process, the company had to reinforce the head, body, and base of the statue. They also had to sculpt a new hand, arm, and face.
“So many members of the faithful had looked to the Sacred Heart, his arms open wide in welcome, for over 100 years during some of the most joyful and challenging times in their lives, and the thought of its destruction and possible replacement was difficult to accept,” the diocese said.
The donations have been handled by the diocese’s Catholic Foundation. More than $38,000 was donated to support the statue's restoration and shipping costs, as well as repair of the altar which was also damaged. Some of the funding will also be used to upgrade the cathedral’s security system.
“[The Catholic Foundation] extends its sincere appreciation to all who contributed in any amount and prayed for the statue's restoration and safe return, especially the St. Patrick Cathedral community and leadership. Once again, the Diocese of El Paso came together in faith to overcome pain and obstacles from a place of compassion and forgiveness. Plans to welcome the Sacred Heart back home are underway and we'll share more news when we have it,” the diocese said.
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