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Stamp to be unveiled at Nazareth Friday

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By James Calvert

The United States Postal Service is unveiling the annual Christmas Madonna and Child stamp at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse at Nazareth Friday.

It will be the first year the stamp has been unveiled to the public outside New York City.

“The campus Nazareth is a very good fit for Madonna and child because it is a sacred and spiritual place,” said Diane Curtis, Director of Communication at Nazareth. “We are excited about unveiling the stamp. We have many works of art of Madonna and child at Nazareth.”

The post office at Nazareth has been open since the early 1800s when hundreds of Sisters and students attending Nazareth Academy lived on the campus.

The stamp depicts the 16th century painting Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael, which hangs in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

“The post office made a decision that they wanted to have an unveiling of the Christmas stamp in the state,” said Norine Masterson, Nazareth Postmaster. “After looking at different offices in Kentucky they decided Nazareth should be selected because the Sisters still lived there for 200 years.”

State Senator Jimmy Higdon, Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts, Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles, Reverend Mark J. Spalding and former Bardstown mayor and historian Dixie Hibbs will be present at the unveiling.

The St. Vincent DePaul Youth Choir will sing the national anthem and two Christmas carols.

The Nelson County High School Air force Junior ROTC will be at the unveiling for presentation of colors and about 140 students from St. Joseph School and St. Joseph Montessori School will be present.

Students at St. Joseph School and St. Joseph Montessori School designed stamps as part of the unveiling. The winners will be announced and recognized Friday.

The stamp will be unveiled to the public 2 p.m. Friday in the O’Connell Drawing Room. The event is open to the public.