St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church
St. Paul Cathedral
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St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City
Fifth Avenue Entrance
Sibbel represents St. Anselm in the role he fulfilled at the beginning of the twelfth century; the Archbishop of Canterbury. To view the statue of this Doctor of the Church as he sits in the transept of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, click on the image above.
In 1853, Archbishop John Hughes hired James Renwick to build a white marble cathedral in New York City between Fifth and Madison Avenues and 50th and 51st Streets. After many years of planning and fundraising, the church was formally dedicated on May 25, 1879 by the first American cardinal, Cardinal John McCloskey.
In 1888, Archbishop Michael Corrigan, a personal friend of Joseph Sibbel, continued the work on the cathedral by adding the spires and decorating the interior. From sculptor Sibbel, he commissioned four Doctors of the Church that still grace the transepts today; St. Anselm, St. Jerome, St. Bonaventure, and St. Alphonsus.
These four larger-than-life representations contain characteristically exquisite detail but differ in one aspect from most of Sibbel's saints; they are seated.
Other sculptors contributed to the groups of statues located in the transepts; only these bottom four are the work of Joseph Sibbel.
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St. John the Baptist Church
St. Mary's Chapel
North East, PA