VERBOORT – Bishop Kenneth Steiner blessed and dedicated a new statue honoring Mary on the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sept. 8.

The life-size statue of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth is at the entrance of the newly built school at Visitation Parish here. Just more than 15 years ago an idea was brought to the late Father Scott Vandehey for a statue honoring the Visitation event for which the parish and school was named. At that time, the focus was on enrollment and devoting the resources toward that objective goal. During the design planning of the new school, the idea reemerged to include a special statue of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. However, after Father Vandehey’s death in 2018, it seemed appropriate to dedicate the statue in his memory.  Many parishioners, friends, benefactors and family of Father Vandehey who admired his devotion to our Blessed Mother and priesthood made it possible.

“This statue stands as a beacon of hope in front of a newly built school blessed and dedicated a year ago on the same day by Archbishop-emeritus John Vlazny and Bishop Kenneth Steiner,” said ….


… said the lessons from Mary’s life are ones that Visitation Catholic School strives to teach all children.

Much like Mary who travels in haste, … said, the school teaches to follow her example: to do works of mercy, to avoid sin, to search for God, and to meditate on the Passion, death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Currently Visitation School is offering comprehensive distance learning and providing emergency child care for families in need. The community continues to raise funds for a new gym, music room cafeteria and kitchen. They say they rely on the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to aid in the project.