Pedro Arrupe Statue Installed at University of San Francisco
A one-ton granite statue of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was installed at theUniversity of San Franciscoin March as part of the university’s Pedro Arrupe Week celebration.
The life-sized statue is based on a well-known photograph of Fr. Arrupe kneeling in prayer. It was carved in China under the direction of Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J., university professor of art and architecture.
Fr. Arrupe served as Superior General of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983 and is renowned for his dedication to faith and social justice. He educated students to be men and women for others and instilled in his students a sense of faith that does justice. Today, the University of San Francisco counts these among its core values, and a residence hall, immersion program, living-learning community and social justice program are named for Fr. Arrupe at USF.
The installation and blessing of the statue occurred during USF’s Pedro Arrupe Week, which honored Fr. Arrupe’s passion for social justice. Events included a discussion with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) representatives about the Syrian refugee crisis on the Jordanian border. JRS was founded by Fr. Arrupe in 1980 and serves displaced persons in more than 50 countries.
University Ministry also hosted a talk by Fr. Mark Ravizza, S.J., with student reflections on USF’s Arrupe Immersion Program, where students shared their immersion experiences over spring break in Appalachia, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru.
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