ST. BASIL SCULPTURE — Artist and St. Thomas More College alumni Russell Baron unveils a new sculpture dedicated to the Basilians and their legacy at the Catholic college on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Basilian sculpture unveiled
By Jacquie Berg
SASKATOON — A sculpture dedicated to the Basilians and their legacy at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon was unveiled by sculptor and STM alumni Russell Baron Sept. 25 at the Catholic college on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
The new artwork was unveiled following a Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies lecture entitled “The Basilians: Jesuits without attitude,” which highlighted the history and contributions of the religious order (see related article).
Plans are underway to rename the College Atrium located in the recently expanded building on College Drive as St. Basil’s Atrium, in conjunction with the establishment of a St. Basil’s Atrium fund, as part of the STM Creating More campaign. The goal is to raise $500,000.
STM President Terry Downey spoke to the reason behind the dedication. “St. Thomas More College commemorates the noble legacy of the Basilian Fathers who first created and then sustained, through untold sacrifices and legendary dedication, this renowned scholarly community,” Downey said.
“We are inspired by generations of distinguished graduates who, transformed by a Basilian education, have in turn devoted their expertise and energies to transforming the professions, organizations, communities and countries in which they work and live,” he continued. “This illustrious tradition invigorates us to uphold and enhance the fertile academic presence of a vibrant St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.”
Downey added, “Commitment to the Catholic intellectual life, social justice and the pastoral care of students emboldens us to engage the future.”