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Residents Association MagazinearrowWinter 2002 - 23


In June a new statue of St. Anthony of Padua was set up in the Catholic Church of St. Anthony, York Road, Broadstone. It is a striking piece of work, which stands 5ft tall on a plinth. It was specially commissioned as a gift by a number of parishioners and was carved from mahogany by Tom Preater, a noted artist from Taunton.

As you will see from the photograph, St. Anthony is depicted in traditional style holding the Infant Christ on the open Scriptures in one hand and with a bunch of lilies in the other. He is dressed as a Franciscan friar as he was one of the earliest followers of St. Francis. Although he was born in Portugal, he worked in Padua, Italy in the last years of his life and was renowned as a preacher. He died in 1231, still a young man. His relics attract pilgrims to Padua to this day.

Although he is an Anglican, many of Tom Preater's works can be found in Roman Catholic Churches. His best known work is a set of Stations of the Cross at St. George's Taunton and his largest work is a twice life size Risen Christ at Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate in North London. Nearer at hand, Tom's work can be seen in St. Joseph's Church, Poole and in St. Joseph's School. It is good to realise that such an excellent artist is kept busy with special commissions.

If you would like to see this statue,! would suggest that you come to a Mass or visit the Church on a Friday between 2.30pm and 6.30pm when there is silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed.

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