Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrates 100th birthday with her own LEGO statue

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt celebrated her 100th birthday with a unique gift — her very own lookalike Lego statue.

The beloved longtime chaplain of Loyola University’s men’s basketball team was gifted the 2 1/2 foot figure that took more than 10,000 plastic bricks and 30 hours to create.

“We wanted to create something memorable for Sister Jean,” said Greg Nuse, a master model builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. “We studied Sister Jean meticulously in order to create this lookalike, complete with Loyola colors, striped scarf and glasses.”

The statue also includes Sister Jean’s custom Nike sneakers.

A Loyola Ramblers fan holds a Sister Jean shirt
A Loyola Ramblers fan holds a Sister Jean shirtNCAA Photos via Getty Images

The newly minted centenarian has been busy celebrating her milestone birthday all month. She is featured in a new exhibit “A Century of Sister Jean” at the Loyola University Museum of Art, which will have baby photos, bobbleheads and other memorabilia on display, WGN9 reported.

She divulged to the outlet her secret to a long life.

“I eat well, I sleep well, and hopefully, I pray well,” she said. “You have to learn to take care of yourself. I teach young men and women to take care of yourself because if you don’t, you’re not going to be any good to take care of anyone else.”

Though always a star to her squad, Sister Jean became an internet sensation when she was seen comforting her Chicago Ramblers courtside after their 69-57 defeat to Michigan in 2018’s Final Four game.

Loyola Chicago v Kansas State

Loyola Chicago v Kansas State

Sister Jean

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Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Sister Jean throws the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Valparaiso at Loyola-Chicago

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Valparaiso at Loyola-Chicago

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Her custom LEGO work of art will be on display at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago from now until the end of October. Then, it will be permanently placed in Loyola’s Gentile Arena for fans to enjoy.

To honor Sister Jean’s birthday, LEGOLAND donated 100 tickets to the play center to the charity of her choice, Misericordia, which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities.

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