Outgoing Premier Ed Stelmach unveiled a 10-foot tall bronze monument “Service through Christ” created by local artist Herman Poulin at the Alberta Legislature on Wednesday.
The monument recognizes the congregations of catholic sisters who “helped found the province, providing health care, education and social services to pioneering communities,” according to a press release from Covenant Health.
Covenant Health commissioned Poulin to create the work for the Catholic Sisters’ Legacy Recognition project.
“In my primary school years, it was the sisters who helped me discover my talent as a young artist. They called it a gift. Today, it is my turn to honour and respect my mentors,” Poulin said in the press release, referring to his school years in St. Edouard.
Poulin received inspiration and technical help from craftsmen, he told the Journal. “I bow my head to all the people who were involved because alone it would have stayed a little white sketch on the paper,” he laughed.
The monument is of a statue of a sister holding a piece of stained glass, standing on a pedestal engraved with the names of the religious orders of sisters who served in Alberta.
The stained glass respects nuns desire not to be in the forefront, Poulin explained.
The statue faces the wading pool on the north side of the legislature, where people go to cool off in the summer.
Former St. Paul resident Eric Spoeth of Spoeth Creations will make a video for the Catholic Sisters Legacy project, which will be available online at www.covenanthealth.ca by mid-October.