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New sculpture dedicated

Members of the Parrett family (from left) Courtney, Diane, Bill and Christie, were joined for a photo by Rev. Richard Cannuli, OSA (left) who consulted on the sculpture project and Rev. Peter Donohue, OSA, University president who blessed the artwork during the April 11 dedication. The Parretts gifted the sculpture to the College of Nursing.


A new sculpture "Christ raising the daughter of Jairus" was generously donated to the College of Nursing by Mr. and Mrs. William G. Parrett in honor of their children Debra, Steven, Suzanne, Gregory, Courtney ’09 BSN and Christie ’09 BSN. It was dedicated April 11, 2015 on the front lawn of Driscoll Hall by University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA.

Cast in bronze and emblematic of the healing mission of the nursing profession, this sculpture reflects the seminal connection between the nursing profession and its scriptural roots. The two figures represent Jesus' raising of the daughter of Jairus as related in the three synoptic gospels. This raising of the young girl, one of the miracles of Christ's Ministry, communicates the message of hope, life and compassion that comes from God and is expressed by those who call out in need. Further, it expresses the rationale for nursing within the Christian tradition.

The sculpture came to life through artist Anthony Visco and the foundry Independent Casting. Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA was a consultant for the project.