The statue is carved in wood and is used in a procession on the day of the feast each year carried by 8 statue bearers from the parish. Throughout the rule of the Order of Saint John, Dingli was considered to be safe from corsair attacks because it was impossible for pirates to land in the area due to the Dingli Cliffs.
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It is 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the capital Valletta and two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the nearest town, Rabat.
The church which one finds today, was built in the form of a Latin cross in the beginning of the 20th century.
The church was heavily modified in the middle of the same century, with the building of a new façade and extensions to the width of the main aisle.
This changed over time, and today everyone goes to school, on both primary and secondary levels.