Baby Jesus statue stolen 80 years ago returned to NJ church for Christmas

December 24, 2018 - 4:54 pm

HOBOKEN, N.J. (1010 WINS) – A baby Jesus statue stolen from a New Jersey church during the 1930s has been returned to its rightful owner in time for Christmas celebrations.

Father Alexander Santora of Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken says no one at the church even knew the statue existed.

Santora read part of the note: “It was stolen in the 1930s. It was in our family. When the last of that generation died, we thought it was best to return it.”

Now the Jesus statue is taking its place in the nativity scene at the front of the church.

The circumstances of its return are bringing a special meaning for some parishioners.

“I think that was the message that I took from it. That it’s never too late to do the right thing,” Santora said.