SLIDESHOW: Sacred Art at Benedictine College
, September 27, 2013
The Our Lady of Grace fountain at Benedictine College is one of the newest examples of Sacred Art at Benedictine College. In this slideshow find 10 examples, old and new.
1. On Sept. 8, Abbot James Albers of St. Benedict Abbey consecrated Benedictine College to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the college unveiled a 21-foot fountain statue of Our Lady of Grace.
2. Mary’s Grotto was built in 2008, the 150th anniversary of both Benedictine College and the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes.
3. Benedictine College’s campus features the works of Frederick Hart, America’s most important sculptor, including castings of Hart’s Ex Nihilo.
4. Lou Holz greets Benedictine College freshmen in 2012 at the campus Raven Crossing beneath Frederick Hart statues of St. Peter, Adam and St. Paul.
5. Benedictine College chaplain Father Brendan Rolling, OSB, wrote this icon of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica and St. Benedict’s Abbey.
6. The Great Catholic Intellectuals mural at Benedictine College flanks the entryway of St. Benedict Hall. It was painted in 1939 by Brother Bernard Wagner, a monk of the Abbey on campus.
7. Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis shows U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan the floor-to-ceiling mural by Anthony Gude that depicts the influence of the Benedictines in Atchison, Kan.
8. The Scholastica Plaza in front of Elizabeth Hall features statues of sisters and students of Mount St. Scholastica monastery.
9. In 2011, the college unveiled an 8-foot-tall statue of St. Benedict by Kansas City artist and Benedictine College alumnus Tim Mispagel.
10. Painter Dawn Gardner and Mother Teresa’s nurse Sister Veronica Daniels, OSB, unveil the painting Blessed Teresa of Calcutta commissioned by Benedictine College president Stephen and Amy Minnis for Benedictine College’s Mother Teresa Center for Nursing
11. The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery in Atchison commissioned a statue by Bill Hopen of St. Scholastica for their sesquicentennial. The statue was unveiled on October 17, 2014, in front of Elizabeth Hall on Benedictine’s campus.
12. On the vigil of Pope John Paul II’s first feast day as a saint, on October 21, 2014, Benedictine College chaplain Father Brendan Rolling and President Stephen Minnis unveiled a portrait of John Paul II by Dawn Gardner for the JPII Student Center.
13. The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is across from the St. Juan Diego chapel in the new Guadalupe Hall, the 10th new residence hall at Benedictine College in 10 years.
SLIDESHOW: Sacred Art at Benedictine College
Students at Benedictine College find themselves surrounded by some of the finest sacred art of any college campus in America.
In our slideshow find photos of the “top 10” sacred art spots on campus.
1. The Our Lady of Grace statue in the campus’ academic quad is both the newest and oldest example of sacred art in the list. Installed on Sept. 8, 2013, it is a replica of a 1911 fountain statue that stood in the same spot.
2. Mary’s Grotto at Benedictine College was built in 2008. In 1856, a little Kansas girl was awakened by a “lady dressed in white” leading to the rescue of one of Benedictine College’s founding monks. In 1858, the year the college was founded, that “lady dressed in white” appeared in Lourdes.
3. Sculptor Frederick Hart’s groundbreaking work Ex Nihilo has found a home on campus in original castings in several locations thanks to the generosity of Jim and Linda Bongers.
4. Frederick Hart’s St. Peter, Adam and St. Paul overlook the major student thoroughfare at Raven crossing on campus.
5. Father Brendan Rolling, OSB, Benedictine College chaplain, painted an icon of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica and St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kan., that many in the college community cherish.
6. Murals of the great Catholic intellectuals by monk artist Bernard Wagner welcome students and visitors into St. Benedict Hall, an administration and academic building just off the quad.
7. The Haverty student Center features a floor-to-ceiling mural by Anthony Gude that depicts the influence of the Benedictines (in the person of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica) in Atchison, Kansas.
8. In Scholastica Plaza in front of Elizabeth Hall, the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica have installed statues of a Mount class in session. Future statuary in the area will depict St. Scholastica herself and also Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, an alumna of the college.
9. In 2011, the college erected an 8-foot-tall statue of St. Benedict welcoming visitors to campus along its main drive, sculpted by a college alumnus.
10. Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis and his wife Amy commissioned a painting of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for the college’s Mother Teresa Center for Nursing and Health Education.Tags: Frederick Hart, grotto, Maria Consecration, Marian consecration, mother teresa, Our Lady of Grace , sacred art, st. benedict, st. scholastica
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