A statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor was brought to New Orleans in 1810
by a French Ursuline nun. The statue was installed at St. Louis
Cathedral and then moved to its current site uptown at Ursuline Academy.
As British troops prepared to attack New Orleans in 1815 before the
Battle of New Orleans, the Ursulines and citizens of New Orleans prayed
all night for victory before the statue. That morning a courier burst in
among them to announce the prompt American victory. Our Lady was also
credited with saving New Orleans from the great fire of 1812. As a
result Our Lady of Prompt Succor has become the patron of New Orleans
and Louisiana. Because of the promptness of her intercessions, she is
also the patron of procrastinators.
Measures 1" diameter