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Uploaded on Dec 1, 2011
A new statue of St. Francis Xavier, the University's patron saint, was erected on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the new roundabout on Ledgewood Drive. Standing 22 feet tall, the statue completes the new entrance to campus as it welcomes visitors who pass the three newest buildings that have been constructed in the last two years.
The statue is located in the circle past Smith Hall and the Conaton Learning Commons just north of the intersection of Ledgewood and Dana Avenue. The portion of Ledgewood from Dana to the circle, just before Bellarmine Chapel, is being renamed Francis Xavier Way in honor of the saint. The portion of Ledgewood that intersects with Victory Parkway on the north side of campus remains Ledgewood Drive.
The 11-foot, 3-inch tall bronze statue sits atop an 11-foot base. Though St. Xavier is depicted wearing a standard Jesuit cassock, he wears atypical footwear—Japanese sandals—to represent the years he spent in Japan. St. Xavier is posed reaching out in a welcoming gesture with his right hand while holding a breviary—a liturgical book—in his other hand.