A post in Thursday’s DSU Daily announced that the long-awaited Christ the Teacher statue will arrive at DeSales and be installed Friday, April 15. Multiple sources have confirmed to The Minstrel that the statue’s dedication is officially scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 5:15 p.m.
One day after the DSU Daily first implied the statue would arrive this Friday, April 8, today’s post read, “Due to the unfavorable weather forecast, the statue delivery and installation will take place Friday 4/15 at approximately 10 a.m.”
As was originally planned, President Rev. Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, will speak at the dedication, as well as Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Allentown and Ben Marcune, the statue’s sculptor. The date and time of the dedication were chosen to coincide with May’s meeting of the Board of Directors.
This means the dedication will fall during Senior Week, two days before spring commencement and several days after the end of final exams. Tom McNamara, executive director of communications, assures students that all are welcome to attend the dedication. He explained that the dedication is a celebration for the Diocese of Allentown that hearkens back to the university’s mission to be a Catholic college for the diocese.
The project was delayed twice during the school year. It was first scheduled to be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 10, before being delayed and rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12. Due to manufacturing delays, neither goal was met and the installation was forced to be rescheduled for the spring semester.
The Christ the Teacher statue will be the fifth statue Marcune has produced for DeSales. Marcune created the university’s statues of patron St. Francis de Sales, St. Jane de Chantal, Blessed Rev. Louis Brisson and Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis.