COLCHESTER -- Before she stepped through the doors to worship for the first time in the new St. Mary's Ukrainian
Catholic Church, Stephanie Balacky paused Sunday to pray in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary.
Thirty-two years ago, Balacky and her husband donated the statue of Mary, head bowed and hands clasped in prayer. She had no idea it would symbolize hope and rebirth and its survival would one day be called a miracle by the church's bishop.
"I think she's behind everything," Balacky, of Colchester, said of the Mary statue. "Without her, none of this would have happened. I believe in miracles."