Dr. Sarah Ewing, Dean of Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences speaks during the dedication and blessing.
Today the Gannon family came together to join president Keith Taylor Ph.D. in celebrating the blessing and dedication of our statuary of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette in the courtyard of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.
According to a warm welcome given by Dr. Sarah Ewing, Dean, "This devotion in the Catholic tradition honors the appearance of Blessed Mary to a peasant girl named Bernadette in the village of Lourdes in southwest France in 1858. For over 150 years, millions have come to Lourdes to pray for healing from illness, or to accompany the sick in the hope of healing, or to deepen their own faith through prayer in the company of fellow pilgrims from all over the world. This devotion has drawn people of diverse faiths and no faith, all searchers for healing of body, mind and spirit.
Part of our Mission is to prepare students to become knowledgeable, innovative and socially responsible professionals in their careers and in their communities. Our Vision is to address the health and scientific needs of a global society through education, scholarship and service. The Lourdes devotion represented and honored here in this courtyard reminds us and challenges us to bring the dimension of humble service to our teaching, research and to the clinical experiences of our students and their mentors in tending to the whole person, body, mind and spirit."
The statues were shared with the University by the parish of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and Russ Rydzewski of the Diocese of Erie arranged for them to be handed over to our college. Mary Carol Gensheimer of the School of Communication and the Arts and Andrew Lapiska of Marketing and Communications, and Gannon grounds and maintenance crew received special accolades for their roles in refinishing and preparing the statues and readying the space for these symbols of faith to have a new home.
"I am proud to have them here in the Morosky college to affirm the blessing of God and the intercession of Blessed Mary which will accompany our students and faculty in the science of healing and in the practice of compassionate care in the health professions," Ewing said.
Gannon President Keith Taylor reinforced Gannon's Mission and Catholic tradition in his remarks, as they "call us to a life of service to others, teaching and learning to be civic-minded, good neighbors and good citizens."
Sixteen months ago we had the privilege of dedicating the St. Joseph House of Faith and Action on West 4th Street, and today we dedicate this shrine to Blessed Mary, the spouse of St. Joseph. We have, if you will, the blessing and protection of Joseph at the north end of the campus and Mary at the south end, thus surrounding us with a powerful intercession and encouragement."
WATCH the full Dedication and Blessing Ceremony here.