The world's largest wooden-carved statue of the Virgin Mary
- A symbol of trust and love -
In 2006 when Ingrid was diagnosed with a severe illness, she decided to visit the Brazilian healer John of God in Abadiânia, Brazil, where she had a spiritual operation. One year later she revisited the spiritual center with her very ill friend. In 2007 Ingrid began to feel that her body was healing and that she gained greater insight in spirituality. Her experience was accompanied by visions of the Virgin Mary which revived feelings of protection, hope and love within her.
This extraordinary experience is one out of innumerable miracles that emanate from the divine power of the Virgin Mary, which has also defined Castle Schochwitz as a healing center.
Inspired by this miraculous event and in gratitude and honor of the Holy Mary, James, Ingrid’s partner decided for a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary carved and established in the center of the castle’s courtyard. It is the biggest wooden-carved statue in the world. His decision marked the beginning of a two-year search for a suitable tree trunk and a carved to turn it into the Holy Mary.
In spring 2010 Healingcastle Schochwitz once again received a gift from the divine. A tree in the park next to the castle had to be logged and was donated to the spiritual center after another chain of miraculous events had occurred. The tree trunk was brought through the castle’s small entrance and put up in the center of the courtyard for the artistic chainsaw carver Matthew Crabb to complete the mission and turn the tree into a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.
The statue was unveiled for public viewing on May 15th, 2011 with a rendition of ‘Ave Maria’ by renowned artists.
Every year we have a gathering to honor the Virgin Mary and to remind ourselves of the love, strength and trust we have within us.
Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski in an interview with Mr. Reinhard Rehmann
about the healing power of Saint Mary