Monday, November 12, 2012

Monument to Blessed Columba Marmion by Duncan G. Stroik Unveiled in Rome

On October 25, 2012, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke solemnly blessed the Monument of Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B., in the Church of Saint Agatha of the Goths in Rome. Columba Marmion was ordained to the priesthood in the Church of Saint Agatha of the Goths in 1881 when it was the site of the Irish College. Blessed Columba joined the Benedictine order in 1886 and served as the Abbot of Maredsous Abbey in Belgium through the First World War. He inspired both religious and lay faithful with his spiritual writings, including Christ, the Life of the Soul and Christ in His Mysteries. Columba was beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II in the year 2000.

Cardinal Burke, who is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, commissioned the monument placque for his titular church. The monument was designed by Duncan G. Stroik with a Giallo di Siena and Carrara marble frame, a carved latin inscription and a bust of Blessed Columba Marmion, sculpted in Statuario marble by Giuseppe Ducrot. Ducrot has been praised for his sixteen-foot sculpture of Saint Annibale Maria di Francia for a niche in the façade of the Basilica of Saint Peter, blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 in Vatican City. The marble for the monument placque was provided by Roberto Pagliari Stone Consulting Sas.