Apr 19, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 3, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
St. Mary's Academy hopes for return of Jesus to manger
DOVER - At a school where the baby Jesus as a symbol of God's love is very pertinent, a theft from St. Mary's Academy's manger scene is being taken particularly hard.
But students and staff are also trying to remain optimistic, and are hoping whoever stole the baby Jesus from outside the academy, located on Central Avenue, will return it on Christmas Eve.
A maintenance man for the school first noticed a problem on Saturday night when driving by the school. Half of the lights on the manger scene were unlit, and upon further investigation, he discovered that the baby Jesus was missing, the small cradle between Mary and Joseph empty.
St. Mary's Academy secretary Lise Study said whoever took the baby Jesus would have had to work to cut the zip ties holding him in, and stripped half the lights in the process, leaving wires exposed.
On Monday, staff was focused on helping students deal with the Newtown, Conn., shootings and Mary McKernan, a teacher and administrator at the school, said it was disheartening for someone to steal a symbol of the students' faith.
"Teachers are not sleeping at night and someone steals what represents our school," McKernan said.
The theft has been reported to police.
Study said she believes the goodness of people will prevail.
Already, the school received a call from an alumnus wishing to pay for the replacement of the baby Jesus in the manger scene.
The manger scene has been in front of the school for years. It goes up right before the annual holiday parade, which is sponsored by the school, and stays up until the new year. McKernan said no pieces have ever been stolen before.
"It is one thing, I guess, to steal even the shepherd or a king, but a baby Jesus? It is so sacrilegious," McKernan said.
Staff is hopeful that on Christmas morning, the day of Christ's birth, the baby Jesus will have been returned to the manger.
- - - - - - - -
Gretyl Macalaster may be reached at email@example.com.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Four burglaries reported in Manchester on Thursday - 0
- Manchester woman arrested twice in two days - 0
- Police say trio used Craigslist to lure, rob contractor - 7
- Burglars take $210K in cash from safe in Salem home - 0
- Judge rejects new rape trial for ex-Salem planning board member - 0
- Manchester Crimewatch: Man accused of writing company checks to himself - 0
- Police say man clocked doing 100 on Route 11 in Wilmot - 0
- Portsmouth arrests 2 for heroin sales - 5
- Student brings knife into Nashua school - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Memory of bombings remains vivid for those who were there - 0
- Ted Siefer's City Hall: No power play in aldermanic chambers, mayor in good spirits - 1
- On Baseball: Locke pitches game in minor league rehab - 0
- NH's top prospects happy to be part of Boston - 0
- Relative newcomers vie for Boston title - 0
- NH College Notebook: Franklin Pierce's King named to 18U coaching staff - 0
- Another View - Ahad Fazelat: How Medicare reimbursement numbers are misleading - 0
- 'He is risen': 'As he said' - 0
- A cellphone ban: Ignoring inconvenient data - 0
Man electrocuted at Keene brush fire
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917