This bust of Pope John Paul II will be bronzed and placed at Pope John Paul II Manor in Cresson.

Plans are in the works to install a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II at an area personal care home.

The Spiritual Arts Foundation, a public charity organization based in Orlando, Florida, whose mission it is to commission fine art and then donate the works to nonprofit organizations across the U.S., is working on getting the bust placed at Pope John Paul II Manor in Cresson.

The home, which is operated by the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, has 50 residents.

Gregg Dobbs, the founder and CEO of The Spiritual Arts Foundation, said the organization was contacted some weeks ago by family members of a recently deceased resident of the manor.

“Their mother had been taken in by the sister servants, and now that she was gone they were looking for a way to repay the kindness their mother had been given,” he said.

“It can at times be difficult to select recipients of our efforts, but the story of the good sisters in Cresson and the love and gratitude for their work that was so evident in this family’s request made this project an instant and unanimous selection by our board of directors,” Dobbs said.

The life-size, 250-pound clay sculpture, which was donated by the artist and has not yet been bronzed, will be placed in the common garden area at the manor.

“It’s such a beautiful place, and it’ll be wonderful for residents and guests to see it,” Dobbs said.

The estimated date for installation is Oct. 22, the feast day of Pope John Paul II.

The total cost of the project is $11,500.

The foundation is accepting donations to help cover costs.

All those who donate will have their names inscribed on a plaque that will be unveiled at the sculpture dedication ceremony.

Donations can be made online at www.spiritualartsfoundation.org., or mailed to The Spiritual Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 747, Windermere, Fla. 34786.

Checks should be made payable to The Spiritual Arts Foundation.

For more information, call 407-716-8155.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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