The Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary housed at the the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador was found intact in her glass casing in the midst of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck around the statue reducing every other building and structure around into rubble.
A nun whose a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in Guayaquil told CNA in a report that the school run by her congregation, and that the Virgin Mary is the patroness of the Oblates. She that the rest of the “sisters cannot get over their amazement,” .
Sister María del Carmen Gómez of the community in Manta, told CNA saying:
“Not only did the Virgin remain intact in its grotto, but also my Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament," Sister Gómez said.
“The Blessed Sacrament was in a small chapel at the entrance to the school and was buried. We found it intact together with some liturgical objects used for the Eucharistic celebration and another smaller statue of Our Lady of Light." she added
The devastating Earthquake happened on 16th April which was declared as the worst ever in Ecuador; leaving over 600 people dead and thousands injured.