St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland dedicated a new wooden plaque that bears an inscription of a St. Anthony quote March 19. It reads: “So precious is poverty that God’s only-Begotten Son came on earth in search of it.”
St. Anthony parishioners were invited to submit quotes from St. Anthony to be used for the plaque.
“The winning quote is as inspiring as the plaque is beautiful.,” says Father Patrick Donoghue, pastor at the parish.
“The Son of God did not hold on to his divinity, but chose the poverty of becoming human. He was born into poverty in a stable in Bethlehem,” says Father Donoghue. “He sought out the poor, both the physically poor and the spiritually poor. In the poor, Jesus generally found people who were more receptive to him and his message, people who desired to be enriched by Jesus.”
The African Cherry wood plaque is the handiwork of letter carving artist Mitch Lang. The quote was hand-carved using traditional tools and techniques. The letters were gilded with 23K gold leaf.
The artist is retired and creates inscriptions in wood for spiritual communities and charitable organizations; all proceeds from his work go to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable Portland residents.
Mitch Lang gave the plaque as a gift to St. Anthony Church for its Centennial year.
Mitch Lang is married to Paula Lang of St. Anthony Parish. Paula chairs the Centennial Committee.
The plaque is mounted on the wall in the entrance of the Church next to the statue of St. Anthony.
Mitch Lang’s website is: www.mitchlanglettercarving.com