GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of Our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16.
The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.
The Oblates have been working in this school since 1960 and had more than 900 students enrolled for this school year.
The earthquake, which was declared the worst in Ecuador in approximately 70 years, left 600 people dead and thousands more injured.
Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales community...READ MORE