7. Jesus Breaking Bread (1976), Walter Erlebacher

Photo James Abbott © 2008 for the Association for Public Art

Voices heard in the program:


MARTHA ERLEBACHER (1937-2013) was a painter and wife of sculptor Walter Erlebacher (1933-1991) who created "Jesus Breaking Bread." Both artists are recognized for their classical representations of the human figure.


MONSIGNOR JOHN MILLER (1937-2017) was a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who helped develop the commission for Jesus Breaking Bread in celebration o the 41st International Eucharistic Conference held in Philadelphia in 1976. 


SISTER MARY SCULLION is a founder of Project H.O.M.E. and works on behalf of the poor and homeless. While a student at St. Joseph's University, she was a planner for the 1976 Eucharistic Congress "Hunger for Bread Day," which inspired the sculpture.


Segment Producer: Chana Joffe-Walt


Music on Jesus Breaking Bread courtesy The Archdiocese of Philadelphia