This Friday, Nov. 22, the University of Dallas will be dedicating and blessing a beautiful statue of Saint Francis of Assisi given to UD by members of the Staler family who attended UD in the 1970s and 1980s. The cast bronze statue was created by alumna Deirdre Maher '72. Joe Staler '75 will represent the family at the dedication.
The dedication will be held at 11 a.m. on the Gorman Faculty Lounge Patio. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the blessing of the statue, a champagne toast and mass to follow the dedication.
For additional background regarding the event, please see the following excerpt from Joe Staler's writings explaining the connection he sees between St. Francis of Assisi and President John F. Kennedy, as we also recognize and remember the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death this Friday:
"In dedicating this statue of St. Francis Assisi on the UD campus today, we remember two individuals who devoted their lives to Christian beliefs and the Catholic faith, one of whom, through his Catholic belief and faith, fought for individual civil rights as a principal bestowed to each living soul by God, our Creator; a concept rooted in Roman Catholicism since 400 A.D from the action and decree of St. Patrick abolishing slavery in Ireland to the Catholic Priests who marched during the 1960's Civil Rights era in the United States. It is only fitting we place this St. Francis of Assisi statue here on the campus of UD, a great learning institution of Catholicism, to recognize and memorialize how the Roman Catholic Church, and their teaching the message of Christ Jesus to the world over the last 1700 years has influenced and embedded the idea of God-given individual civil rights for every living soul as a core foundation underpinning Western Civilization." – Joe Staler, '75