DeSales Dedicates New Statues of Spiritual Patrons

by Tom McNamara | Jun 20, 2012

On Monday, June 18, the DeSales University community dedicated the bronze statues of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal.

Fr. Ken McKenna, OSFS, provincial superior of the Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, blessed the St. Jane de Chantal statue, and Fr. James Greenfield, OSFS, provincial superior of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, blessed the St. Francis de Sales Statue. 

Fr. Bernard O'Connor, president of DeSales University, introduced artist Ben Marcune who created the statues, and then blessed the garden surround the plaza at the St. Francis de Sales statue, which was installed in memory of Mary and Edward Driebe.

Fr. Daniel Gambet, OSFS, president emeritus of DeSales University, spoke about the Driebe family and their support of DeSales. Kara Snyder, granddaughter of Mary and Edward Driebe, concluded the event by singing Ave Maria.

St. Francis de Sales is the spiritual patron of the University and St. Jane de Chantal, St. Francis’ contemporary and lifelong friend, is foundress of the Visitation Order of religious women.

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