Oct. 29, 2015 – On Thurs. Oct. 22, Le Moyne College held a dedication ceremony for a new statue on campus depicting the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola.
Its sculptor, Brian Hanlon, was personally invested in the project because of the powerful retreat experiences that he had at Loyola House of Retreats in Morristown, N.J. After sketching out different iterations of the statue, a final design was selected by a committee of students, faculty, staff and Jesuit community members. The finished statue, located next to the Panasci Family Chapel, depicts St. Ignatius with an arm outstretched - a helper of souls, ready to set the world on fire.
“Here at Le Moyne we are able to take risks, to challenge ourselves, to question everything including what values we’re living for-- because we too are on our own journey,” said Morgan Baker ’16 student government president during the ceremony. “And like Ignatius, we have lots of help along the way—teachers, mentors, and guides who support us in becoming ourselves intellectually, socially, and spiritually.”
Fr. John Bucki, SJ, rector of the Le Moyne Jesuit Community blessed the new statue at the ceremony which included remarks from Fr. David McCallum, SJ, the special assistant to the president for mission integration and development and college President Linda LeMura.
President LeMura spoke of her pilgrimage in Spain with several colleagues this past summer. “We stood in the home in Loyola where the young Ignatius, still recovering from a serious injury suffered during battle, underwent a life-changing spiritual conversion…and we gathered for Mass in the very cave in Manresa where Ignatius began to write the Spiritual Exercises,” she recalled at the ceremony. “It was transformative experience, one that reinforced our belief in the power of Jesuit education and our deep commitment to sustaining and advancing this singular way of learning.”