OFallon, IL, March 19, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Owned and operated by Dan and Lily Harris, Our Lady Catholic Gifts announced the launch of their online Catholic gift and collectibles website, www.ourladycatholicgifts.com to showcase their divinely inspired Catholic statues from the Philippines. Lily, who is originally from the Philippines, immigrated to the United States in 1980 and became an American citizen in 1987. Proud of her heritage, Lily wanted to find a way to showcase not only the beautiful artistry that comes from the Philippines, but she also wanted to be able to showcase the talent of her niece Sally, and Sally’s husband Gough, who are the artisans behind these hand-crafted and hand-painted statues.
Lily explains, “About a year and a half ago, the statue company that Sally and Gough worked for closed their doors leaving Sally and Gough unemployed with no way to support their growing family. With over 25 years of combined experience and having developed a reputation among their customers as skilled craftsmen, Sally and Gough acquired the statue molds and opened their own statue shop.”
Fortunately they did. The statues that Sally and Gough produce are second to none. Each statue is inspected after being removed from the mold. Once sanded and finished, the statue is inspected again before painting. Each statue is then meticulously hand painted down to the finest detail and inspected again before shipping. Dan says, “Until now, Sally and Gough’s statues have only been available in the Philippines. We wanted to do something for our family in the Philippines, so we decided to open up Our Lady Catholic Gifts to share these beautifully crafted statues. We are hopeful that others will see what wonderful pieces of Catholic art these statues are. We hope to not only help out our niece and her family, but we also want to share the beauty of these statues beyond the Philippines.”
In addition to their Catholic statues from the Philippines, Our Lady Catholic Gifts has found additional unique gifts and collectibles from around the world. Some of their other unique gifts include hand made Rosaries from Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus and Christianity; Ladder Rosaries from Italy, Holy water from the Jordan River and Holy Earth from Bethlehem. They also offer assorted other gifts and collectibles for anniversaries, baptisms, first communions, weddings and more. For more information, Our Lady Catholic Gifts website can be found at www.OurLadyCatholicGifts.com