St. Robert Bellarmine Statue Dedicated Jan. 28
Fairfield University’s 2014 Bellarmine Lecture, with Rev. Michael Fahey, S.J., will coincide with the dedication of a stunning statue of St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., the patron saint of the University. The festivities will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, and are sponsored by Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies.
Designed by Will Pupa, Artist-in-Residence at Loyola Marymount University, the bronze statue with carnelian granite base was recently installed near the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, where a ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., rain or shine, followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the Kelley Center Presentation Room. The statue is seven feet, six inches tall, and has a 24-inch base that was quarried in South Dakota and cut and polished in Minnesota, said Thomas F. Curran, RA, Director, Campus Planning & Design. He was part of a statue committee that included David Frassinelli, Jim Fitzpatrick, and Rev. George Collins, S.J.
“It’s a unique occasion, to have the annual Bellarmine Lecture coincide with the dedication of a splendid new statue of St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit, cardinal and doctor of the church,” said Paul F. Lakeland, Ph.D.,the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for Catholic Studies. “Distinguished Jesuit theologian Michael Fahey will talk about Bellarmine’s relevance for today, and no doubt St. Robert himself, patron of Fairfield University, will crack a secret smile as he watches over our students going in and out of the library.”
The Bellarmine Lecture series provides the community with a chance to hear and interact with distinguished Jesuit scholars. Rev. Fahey, Scholar in Residence at Fairfield and former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, will deliver a lecture entitled, “St. Robert Bellarmine: A Man for Our Time.” The event is free and open to the public.
“Renaissance Jesuit Robert Bellarmine, patron saint of Fairfield University, was a controversial yet innovative theologian who stressed biblical and patristic sources to refute Reformation doctrines,” said Fr. Fahey. “In the service of the Church, he designed the Gregorian calendar, undertook dangerous travels as papal advisor, and in defense of Galileo urged moderation. Had he not at papal conclaves several times refused election, he would have been the first Jesuit pope already in the seventeenth century.”
Fr. Fahey received the John Courtney Murray award for distinguished achievement in theology. He served as Editor of the journal Theological Studies and has published widely in ecclesiology and ecumenism.
For more information about other Center for Catholic Studies events, visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cs/lectures/.