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It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Sculptor Larry W. Griffis III stands alongside the St. Peter Canisius statue

Today, we flashback to January 1996 when Canisius unveiled a seven-foot statue of St. Peter Canisius in the center of campus. The clay sculpture, presented to Canisius by the classes of 1994 and 1995 as a combined senior gift, is cast in bonded bronze and rests upon a four-foot base in the Quadrangle. Crafted and carved by local sculptor Larry W. Griffis III, such a statue would have cost $25,000 but Griffis charged students less than half of that.

The statue of St. Peter Canisius is dedicated to Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, president of Canisius from 1966-93.

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Submitted by: College Communications