Donating a piece of history

St. Clair Catholic District School Board personnel accept the donation of a statue of St. Angela Merici from the Ursuline Sisters to St. Angela Merici Catholic School.

The Ursuline Sisters donated a 50-year-old statue of St. Angela Merici to Chatham’s newest school

The statue was removed from its place of honour in an inner courtyard at 20 Merici Way and transported up the street where it will now be the focal point of the main foyer in the new St. Angela Merici Catholic School.

“We are so honoured to receive this beautiful statue of St. Angela Merici by the Ursuline Sisters, who brought the gift of Catholic education to Chatham more than a century-and-a-half ago,” Deb Crawford, Director of Education with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board (SCCDSB), said in a media release.

The statue was sculpted in South Bend, Indiana in 1970 by Father Anthony Lauck, who also designed the windows in the Pines Chapel. 

Lauck was an accomplished artist in drawing, glass, sculpture and wood carving. 

His statue depicts St. Angela with a young friend, as an illustration of her dedication to improve the lives of women and youth. 

St. Angela Merici Catholic School principal Juli Faubert and vice principal Sara Vadovic accept the keys to the building from Jason Butcher, project manager, for Norlon Builders.

Another milestone at the school has been reached. The building is no longer a construction site. 

Norlon Builders Limited, the general contractor, has officially turned the property over to the SCCDSB.

In the weeks ahead, SCCDSB staff will be busy moving furniture, equipment and supplies into the building, and custodial staff will give the new school a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. 

“This is a project milestone that we have been waiting for,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education. “Now we are busy making all of the final preparations to welcome our students and staff. It is an exciting time for our board as we prepare to open Chatham’s newest school in many, many years.”


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