Joined: 27 Nov 2007
Location: Monterey County, California
|Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:15 pm Post subject: Relics of San Carlos
|Relics of the mission days, hand carved wooden statues, covered with dust of years, were found recently at San Carlos church. In poor state of repair, they will be retouched and placed on exhibition at the church.
Five statues in all were recovered. They are statues of Saint Anthony, Christ as the Good Shepherd, San Carlos de Borromeo and one of the Virgin in an old barn on the church property and another of the Virgin and the statue of Christ as the Good Shepherd in the attic of the church sacristy.
All had been discarded years ago, according to Rev. Gerald Cullerton, and were brought to light only a short time ago.
While there is but little doubt that all five of the statues have come down from the early mission days and are valuable relics of an important era in California history, one stands out particularly in interest. It is the statute of Christ as the Good Shepherd.
The artistry is crude, the figure out of proportion, almost positive proof that it is the work of a mission padre or one of his flock. The other four statues are the work of skilled artists and were probably brought over from Spain in the 18th century.
Other articles of interest have also been unearthed in the church grounds. In the old garage, torn down a short time ago, two human skulls were found. It is believed they were removed from their graves at Mission Carmelo when the mission's walls were strengthened, in Father Casanova's time, placed in the garage, which was then a barn, and forgotten.
Both skulls had prominent high cheek bones, indicating that they were those of Indians. The old statues recently brought to light will be only a small part of a large group of mission relics to be placed on exhibition at San Carlos church. Other relics which have been in the possession of the church and guarded closely, include vestments used by the mission padres and engraved silver altar cards, silver missel stand, silver candlesticks and other articles.