Custom-designed birthday gifts for a 50th birthday celebration
By Mallory Matt
Many hours of construction have gone into building the custom-designed altar, backdrop, ambo and doorway for the birthday celebration to be held Sept. 18 at Ford Park in Beaumont.
The 17th century painting “Madonna and Child with St. Anthony of Padua” by Anton Van Dyck will be in the main frame of the backdrop with paintings of angels on either side.
The constructions on the ambo and altar continue. The altar will be lined with trim and will have a decorative cross.
All who attend the 50th birthday celebration will walk through an elaborately designed cathedral-style door frame when entering the main area.
Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, and Msgr. Jeremiah McGrath of St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica recently visited the workshop where the volunteers Jay Francis, Clifton Guillory, Tommy Frank and Robert Sacazar are constructing the items.
Bishop Guillory said he was pleased and that the craftsmen are doing “great work.”
After the birthday celebration, the items will be brought to the Cathedral Center at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica.