By Rory Bostwick
Special to The Witness
MARION — Father David O’Connor, the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marion, purchased a beautiful wooden sculpture of the Holy Family in Bethlehem, on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The sculpture beautifully depicts the love of the Holy Family and accentuates the protective and fatherly care of St. Joseph.
Rory Bostwick, a parishioner and member of St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 68, was in search of a worthy Eagle Scout project. Father O’Connor asked Rory if he was interested in renovating a shrine area in the church to house the Holy Family.
“At first, I was nervous because the project was not fully defined, and it would be very visible, but, after some thought and prayer, I decided to take it on.” Bostwick said, “I wanted to accomplish something that was lasting and that would help to bring people closer to God and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.”