The statue has landed at Cryan’s Beef and Ale House in South Orange.
“The response has been overwhelming,” he said. “It’s just nice to have a piece of old Sacred Heart around.”
But archdiocese officials, who plan to reuse items from the church in other religious buildings, are not pleased.
“The (Cryan) family expressed some interest in the statue because they had been involved in its restoration,” said Jim Goodness, an archdiocese spokesman. But church officials didn't know the statue was going to end up in a bar.