The dedication of the statute of William Joseph Chaminade

The dedication of the statute of William Joseph Chaminade

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It is my privilege, on behalf of the
university community, to welcome you to our dedication of this beautiful and
important statue of the blessed William
Joseph Chaminade. As a university community, and as a university community in the
marianist tradition, we thank the Curran
family for their kindness, their generosity, their vision, and their contribution through these works, through our shared and insufferable University of Dayton and
marianist mission. This piece shows father Chaminade, now called blessed, in a younger moment in time. He is leaving Spain having been exiled
there for three years and is on his way back to
his beloved France He comes with energy and a sense mission. He is animating by the
whisperings of God to model his light after Mary, the mother
of Jesus, by being a witness and a barer of the
good news. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model. She is a very exact
copy of her son. When we are devoted to
Mary, we imitate Jesus. So that is what we Marianists
are called to do, and that’s what has touched my heart and what has made
me feel so alive. At UD, I have been shaped by so many
beautiful experiences, which have all been surrounded
by the marianist teachings. His arm is raised, but not in command or benediction. The palm is open, turned upward as if offering something
new for our consideration or perhaps extending his hand to
join ours in invitation. His head is not to thrust forward as
to say “follow me.” He is looking down directly at us. It is important to him that we are here because we are part of Chaminade’s
vision of partnership and creating a future of
peace and justice. Here in the midst of much activity, father Chaminade helps us to remember
that our very lives are journeys of lifelong learning, moving us into the future of service. The thanks today is not for the
Curran-Renzetti family, the thanks really is for the valid
marianist who have spent so much time, as the society of Mary, committed to this university and the fact that we have been blessed by the brothers
and sisters and carried us forward many of us are now entrust with a great challenge to make sure that
this carism goes on for years and years and we’ll work together with
the marianists to do this. It is the culmination of a dream as Dr. Curran said, the inspiration for a contemporary presentation of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Not as an old man but as a young man
filled with energy and vision and a sense of mission. We’re very very grateful and may this remind you of our gratitude and our deep appreciation for all that you
are for the University of Dayton. We know join in prayer that this statue will become a reminder of our own call to follow Christ as did Blessed Chaminade. We pray that it will inspire us to create an educational community that witnesses to the power of the gospel to transform the world in our day as chaminade and his companions dedicated their lives to transform the
world in their day.

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