The Sisters Servants to be commemorated in Dauphin, Manitoba
The Dauphin Bronze Statue Project
The Dauphin Bronze Statue Project aims to create a series of statues of historical significance to be placed along active transport routes throughout the City of Dauphin. Each statue is to signify a virtue or principle thought, representing the foundations upon which Dauphin was built, and the guiding light of its continued development and success.
The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate had been in Dauphin since 1928, and felt that the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate should also be recognized in this project as one of the key contributors to the foundation upon which Dauphin was built — by their compassion, selfless giving, and spirit of dedication to the needs of the children, youth, young adults and aged, and the challenged of Dauphin and surrounding municipalities, by serving in their communities, their homes and their parishes.
The elderly, in particular, were first cared for in the Sisters’ private home, until a 25-bed nursing home, put together from the air force barracks after the war, was built, and then later, the present St. Paul’s Home. Residents were admitted from throughout the Parkland Region, until other personal care homes were built.
The Sisters’ mission will be commemorated by a bronze sculpture done by Don and Shirley Begg, who have owned and operated Studio West Limited, in Cochrane, Alberta, a lost-wax bronze foudnry since 1970. Third-generation Albertans, descendants of pioneers, they have received national and international recognition and awards for excellence in their profession, both for sculpture and bronze casting. They have created over 85 public bronze statues, and their work can be found across North America, from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, to Florida, and now in Dauphin.
A bronze sculpture of two Sisters, stepping out into the mission field, inspired by a painting of a similar subject, will be mounted on the boulevard, opposite the Chapel, so that it will be visible from Jackson Street.
The unveiling and blessing of the Sisters Statue will take place on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. on the site.
The members of our parishes, various organizations, businesses and communities of Dauphin and of the Parkland Region have been and are always very, very generous and supportive of the various projects and functions of the Sisters. The Sisters cannot sufficiently express their gratitude to all of their donors towards this project. They will always be remembered in the daily prayers of the Sisters, as they commend them, and those near and dear to them, to our Heavenly Father, through the intercession of their Patroness, Mary Immaculate, and Foundress, Blessed Josaphata.
Further funds are needed, to defray the costs of this project. Donations may still be made to the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate at 131 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2W 1T9, care of Sr. Jean Zemliak. An official receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for donations in the amount of $20.00 and upwards.