Cupola and Statue of Saint Peter Restoration

As work has been progressing with the exterior restoration project for Saint Peter Church, simultaneous restoration work has also been taking place on the seven and a half feet tall and 1900 pound statue of Saint Peter.  After the church’s fire in 1886 the statue was painted to conceal damage that resulted from smoke and soot, as well as staining from tar and air pollution.  Further damage resulted in 1927 when a gas line exploded at a facility near the banks of the Allegheny River. The church’s spire and cupola were damaged beyond repair and removed from the church. The damaged statue of Saint Peter remained atop the church, however, resting on the base of the cupola.  Recent restoration work included cleaning the statue and installing a new finger, hand, key and halo.  The statue restoration is now complete and the statue was hoisted atop the church on December 8, 2015.  Work on the cupola which encases the statue continues.  When finished, the cupola will measure 5 feet wide by 22 feet high and will match the original cupola.  We are hoping that much of the cupola work will be completed by the end of the calendar year. As we proceed with this major endeavor, we are asking for your prayerful and financial support.  We are blessed to worship in a beautiful building that has been handed on to us from previous generations of faithful and devoted Catholics who made great sacrifices.  May we also be good stewards as we restore this aging building and thus enable future generations to worship here as well.