St. Gregory’s University recently placed a new golden crosier into the hands of a statue of St. Gregory the Great during restoration work to a prominent campus building, according to a press release.
Benedictine Hall was damaged during an earthquake in 2011 and the University is in the process of restoration, according to The Oklahoman.
The statue of St. Greogry was sculpted in 1976 and held the crosier of the first two abbots of St. Gregory’s Abbey. Now, the historic crosier is preserved inside the monastery, and a new crosier was made for the statue.
Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen said:
“A crosier is a symbol of a bishop’s or an abbot’s office of shepherding the flock entrusted to him… Of course, we have placed ourselves under the protection and patronage of Pope St. Gregory the Great, so it’s wonderful that this statue is at one of the highest points on campus, just under the cross, so it has him physically looking over the monastery and campus and university…
“One of the names that was ascribed to St. Gregory was ‘the Watchman,’ as a watchman over God’s people. He is physically and spiritually watching over us here at St. Gregory’s.”
The new crosier was placed in St. Gregory’s hands on the 1,423rd anniversary of his election to the papacy, according to the University.
St.Gregory’s University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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