Catherine of Siena Statue Dedicated

The feast of Catherine of Siena was particularly special this year. A seven-foot bronze sculpture of Catherine was unveiled and blessed during a prayer service in front of the Dominican Life Center. The statue was the result of a gift from a generous benefactor and was sculpted by artist John Soderberg from Phoenix, Arizona, who was on hand for the ceremony. The statue of St. Dominic that had been located in front of the DLC was relocated to the circle drive near Weber Center.

Catherine is clutching her book, The Dialogue, which contains the intimate conversations she had with God. She also is holding an olive branch, a symbol of peace. Her outstretched hand is reaching out to all who come to the DLC and St. Catherine Chapel.

The Adrian Dominicans came to know the artist through his work for St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada. John had created a bronze sculpture of Catherine for the Siena Campus, and had used the same mold for the statue commissioned for the Adrian Dominicans. He then applied a finish to highlight the Dominican habit Catherine is wearing.

John Soderberg with Sisters Judy Rimbey and Rosa Monique Peña at the dedication of the statue