After raising more than $2,000 last semester, the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus installed a monument just north of the Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
The pro-life monument features an image of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus and a quote from a Vatican homily from Pope Benedict XVI: “Each of us is a result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”
St. Thomas Grand Knight Paul Shovelain said, “The quote from Pope Benedict is actually a very pro-life quote. It’s not just for little children, but for adults, as well … not only the unborn. Not only the students on campus here, but also the elderly.”
The Knights started looking into monument possibilities last year, after the grand knight two years ago brought up the idea.
Last semester, the Knights raised the money with a jellybean-guessing contest in the middle of April. Each guess cost $2 and the winner won a TV, purchased with money from the Undergraduate Student Government.
With 1,000 guesses for the contest and donations from local Knights of Columbus chapters, the St. Thomas Knights raised enough money. They talked to the Rev. John Malone, vice president for mission, to approve the image and quote. The Knights also talked to Jerry Anderley, associate vice-president for facilities, to find a location.
“With its proximity to the chapel, we figured this would be a good location,” Shovelain said. “We also wanted it to be visible … This location is visible to the Upper Quad and it has great visibility to campus … I think that’s a good choice.”
The monument cost $4,000, but the company gave the Knights a discount.
“The company saw the importance of the pro-life movement and the values of life are high on their priorities,” Shovelain said. “He realized the need to promote the values of the Catholic faith and this was a great way to promote the faith on campus and give an awareness to the students.”
The monument will be blessed and dedicated on Oct. 22 with a Mass and a visit from Bishop Piché.
Mary Kenkel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org