Friday, Nov. 22, the University of Dallas held the dedication and blessing of a beautiful statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, created in 2011, and given to the university by members of the Staler family who attended U of D in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The cast bronze statue was created by Deirdre Maher, alumna ’72.
University president, Thomas Keefe, opened the dedication ceremony with gracious and welcoming words about Saint Francis and his place in our lives, today. Joe Staler ’75, also speaking about Saint Francis’ influence on us now, was representing his siblings and family at the dedication.
Click below for view of event program designed beautifully and specially by Patrick Daly ’76 StFrancisDedProgram
This chosen patina was inspired by the monarch butterflies on our back porch for the newly established Children’s Butterfly Garden at Christ the King Parish in Nashville, TN. Three days before the dedication, a little girl on a walk with her mother, met Saint Francis of Assisi for the first time………… Watch the video below.