On the Saturday before March 19th (Saint Joseph Day) each year Anne Dale Jeweller transforms her jewelry store from diamonds to pasta… a festive cultural event that is uniquely New Orleans.
Jewelry Store Catholic Tradition
This past weekend and Monday, March 19, Southern Catholics gathered to celebrate the feast day of Saint Joseph, aka San Giuseppe, the patron saint of fathers, workers, families and the Sicilian people, among others.
By Benjamin Mann
New Orleans, La., Mar 17, 2011 / 08:03 am
EWTN New Orleans, famous for its celebration of Mardi Gras just before Ash Wednesday, has another Catholic-derived tradition that falls during Lent. The “Saint Joseph altar,” originally a custom of Italian families and parishes, has become woven into the culture of the American south.
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During a retreat at the Saint Joseph Abbey Monastery, Immaculée shared her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 .
It’s an amazing story. Immaculee was 22 years old and home for Easter Break from her second year of college when the Genocide began. She survived by hiding in a Pastor’s tiny bathroom 4′ x 3′ feet for 91 days with seven other starving women.
After reading her book, Left to Tell, which is life altering, I was inspired to create a piece of jewelry for her as a reminder of her spirit, mission of love and forgiveness.
The piece is called “Jewel of Africa”, consisting of a silhouette of Africa in gold with a diamond set in Rwanda.
Engraved on the back are the names of her father, mother and two brothers who were killed during the genocide. I was moved to tears when she turned the piece over and read their names from her heart.
Immaculée shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding — through our darkest hours.
Anne Dale Jewelers
12 Saint Ann Drive
Mandeville, La 70471
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