St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA
Sibbel's representation of Saint Joseph at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery; a loving, holy father embracing his son, the Savior of the World, who, in turn,embraces his cross.
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In addition to his work at St. Paul Cathedral, Joseph Sibbel helped decorate another church in Western Pennsylvania.
In 1902, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Passionist Fathers in the city of Pittsburgh, Joseph Sibbel made his first impression on its people even before he executed the beautiful sculpture at the cathedral.
In August of that summer,in honor of the Jubilee, the Fathers of the monastery dedicated four marble statues, (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and St. Paul of the Cross) 14 stations of the cross, a massive marble Crucifixion group for above the main altar, and two bas-relief depicting the life of St. Paul of the Cross. Except for the two bas-relief, these works remain in the Monastery Church and can be appreciated today. (The Crucifixion group was moved to the rear of the church to accommodate the organ.)
St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, on Pittsburgh's South Side, remains one of the many treasures of the Roman Catholic Church of Pittsburgh.
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In the early part of the twentieth century, Joseph Sibbel created a marble crucifixion scene for the monastery church. Click on the above image to see a large photo of that scene which has been moved to the back of the church.
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