Detail - High Altar

Life-size statue of the church's patron, St. Louis IX (1214-1270), king of France, sculpted by Joseph Sibbel (Evidence: "Art Notes" in April 18, 1895 New York Times) Joseph Sibbel also did work at Holy Angels Church in Buffalo, NY. See Delma Tallerico's Joseph Sibbel of NY

Born in 1214, Louis was made king at the early age of 11. He led the seventh crusade and is accredited as having enshrined the "true crown of thorns" (which he holds in this statue) in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris which he had built for the purpose of housing the sacred relic.

A secular Franciscan brother, he died from the plague near Carthage on a crusade in 1270. He was later canonized.