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Mogi Mogado: Restores St. Patrick’s vandalized statues

Mogi & Marlene Mogado

He did it again!

Mogi Mogado once again put us in awe with his latest project, restoring the vandalized statues of St. Patrick Church in Markham, Ontario after his help was sought by Fr. Dominic Barber.

In July, St. Patrick’s parishioners were devastated to find the statues of Padre Pio and Mother Mary (Pieta) were vandalized.  Padre Pio’s hands were mutilated and his face smashed, while the statue of Mother Mary was left with damaged facial features by the unknown vandals.

However, during the restoration Mogi also worked on the statue of ‘Jesus with the children’ that due to weather had a broken hand and crumbling head and flaky paints all over.

 

In his Facebook post, Mogi, admits entrusting this project to the ONE above.

“When the call to serve came from Fr. Dominic, not having done anything like this before, I raised my hopes ‘Above’ for assistance,” says Mogi.

Lovingly slowly patiently restored with pictures of Michelangelo’s Pieta on hand

He says, “Padre Pio seemed wanting to be done first, I got comfortable with the tools & materials working on him.”

Yet, he faced challenging situations working on Pieta when his wife Marlene who assisted him in this project was stung by a bee and suffered from it for three days. Meanwhile, during the final touch-ups he tumbled backwards, and fortunately saved from any physical damage.

It took Mogi five weeks of rigorous work to completely restore the damages on the statues of St. Patrick.

“From there it was routine to do the statues in front of the church. Surreal it was to be hand on hand with Jesus himself, heart to heart at times as I worked on his 10′ statue with a boy & girl -what an experience this was!” says Mogi in amazement.

Mogi celebrated his 75th birthday after this project, although tired he only has heart filled with joy by putting smiles on the face of Fr. Dominic as well as the parishioners and bringing back the statues to their former glory.

Becoming close and personal with Padre Pio, I asked that he come guide my hands to bring him closer to a likeness!

“Tiring, exhausting such that going through my 75th birthday a couple of days later, I was still in recovery mode, but happy at serving the Lord again according to His will.”

The success of this project was also made possible by the supports of the parishioners, led by Knights of Columbus St. Patrick Council 7689, Ozanam Council 17065, St. John Paul Assembly 3325 and St. Pats CWL.  – by Riza Khamal 

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