A Man on a Rescue Mission

St. Francis of Assisi in the meditation garden at the Museum of Divine Statues

When the Cleveland Catholic Diocese decommissioned local parishes due to declining attendance and a shortage of priests, Lou McClung opened the Museum of Divine Statues  at the corner of 129th Street and Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. “I knew I had to preserve this history,” he explained to me during a recent visit. The museum, housed in the former St. Hedwig Church, is filled with statues, stained glass, and other sacred relics.

A makeup artist by trade, it’s poetic that Lou is using his talents to enhance the beauty of these faces. The attention to detail evident in this self-taught renovation artist’s work is breathtaking. This is Lou’s calling – and he’s answered it in a most magnificent way. One could say these pieces of history have found their patron saint in Lou.

Each statue stands bathed in its own pool of light, which gives a warm intimacy to each artifact. The feeling of connectedness to something greater than you is palpable. It draws you in. And you want to learn more. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to do so. Next to each statue is a QR code, so be sure to download a QR Code Reader prior to your visit.

A peek into the museum:

King of Heaven

St. Joan of Arc

St. Vincent de Paul

The Museum of Divine Statues is located at 12905 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio,
and is open to the public noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $8.

Connect with the museum on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.



Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

2 thoughts on “A Man on a Rescue Mission

  1. there is no such thing as divine statues..
    they are an abomination/idolatry

    your obviously ignoring the second commandment,
    regarding ‘ graven images ‘…


    1. You’re certainly entitled to your interpretation and opinion. I interpret the commandment as dictating whom we are to worship and serve, and not forbidding us to use symbols to represent Him. Thank you for your perspective. Good day.


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