Youngstown, 12 January, 2022 / 11:40 am (ACI Africa).
The original communion rail from Mother Angelica’s baptismal parish has been donated to the Mother Angelica Museum in Canton, Ohio.
Two pieces of what is believed to be the original communion rail from St. Anthony’s parish were donated last summer to the museum.
Previously, the pieces of the rail were at an Italian restaurant in neighboring Perry Township. They were moved there with permission from the parish after the communion rail was removed during a renovation in the 1970s.
Barbara Gaskell, who owns the Mother Angelica Museum, learned that the restaurant had repurposed part of the communion rail last summer. She was put into contact with Dr. Robin Capaldi Ford-Rigsby, whose parents owned the restaurant, and inquired about the rails. Ford-Rigbsy’s late father was a parishioner at St. Anthony’s, and knew Mother Angelica.
"She was so nice; she got back to me the next day," Gaskell told The Repository, a newspaper in Canton. "I told her what we were doing and she was delighted. They let us take the front two pieces. Her husband even helped us remove it."