16 July 2015
Congratulations to the Marian Valley Monastery at Canungra which has a renamed Mt Carmel Prayer Room in honour of a new sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt Carmel, the protector of all people at sea.
Commissioned by the Napoli family, Mario and his wife Mary, and their children Fortune and Anthony, the statue was carved by Tonino Gaudioso in Calabria, and is modelled on the La Madonna from Mario’s boyhood hometown of Briatico in Calabria.
Each year on July 16 the village carries the statue to the sea. The Napoli family and many well-wishers welcomed the sculptor and his artwork in a joyous Mass at Marian Valley on July 19.