Texas A&M University-Kingsville

John E. Conner Museum presents Images of Madonna exhibit

John E. Conner Museum - 12/19/12 - 12/19/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

A collection of Images of the Madonna will be featured at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville during the holiday season. It is a collection of 116 pieces of the collection of Father James Stembler from St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Kingsville. The exhibit begins Wednesday, Dec. 5, and continues through Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the museum’s west wing.

The collection was started by Reverend Monsignor Lucian Brasley, a former United States Navy chaplain who passed away in 1999. He collected images of Mary from the various countries he visited. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Brasley served several assignments for the Diocese of Corpus Christi before being appointed Vicar General in the Western Vicariate of the Diocese and Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Laredo.

 It was while serving in Laredo that Brasley met Stembler, who was serving as pastor of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alice. Father Stembler admired the collection so much that Brasley bequeathed it to him in his will.

The collection includes sculptures and other images of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, from around the world in a variety of media, including glass, ceramic, wood and metal. One from the Philippines is made from volcanic ash that came from Mount Pinatubo after it erupted in 1991. Some of the statues represent The Madonna as she is known among different cultures, including Our Lady of Loretto from Italy, Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico, Our Lady of Lourdes from France and Our Lady of Manaoag from the Philippines.

“This exhibit is a holiday gift to the community from the Conner Museum,” said Jonathan Plant, interim director. “We hope visitors from all faiths will find it interesting and inspiring during this special season.”

The museum is located at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave. Museum hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the museum is free, however, donations are accepted. For more information, call 361-593-2810. 


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