Saint Francis Statue to be Blessed and Placed in Local Zoo

“A Mosman councillor wants to build a “larger-than-life” statue of St Francis of Assisi at the Taronga Zoo, as “a symbol of Mosman’s love and respect of animals”.

Councillor Dom Lopez wants residents to form a committee to flesh out ideas for the statue, which could take any form that “captures the public’s imagination”, reports the Mosman Daily.

He suggested the statue could be embellished with a fountain or bird bath for wildlife, or a drinking trough for pets.

It should also bear an appropriate plaque and could be blessed by Cardinal George Pell at its official unveiling, he said.

The statue would be funded through public donations, with Cr Lopez aiming to raise about $25,000.

Cr Lopez floated the idea last year when he asked the council to investigate installing a statue somewhere in Mosman as a tribute to companion animals.

Each year, companion animals are blessed by Franciscan friars at the Mosman Festival.” – “Statue of St Francis Proposed for Zoo”, CathNews

I found this post over on CathNews.com today and I thought it was a great story. Saint Francis of Assisi is one of my favorite patron saints and I think any place is a great place for his statue to be placed. I love the idea that Cardinal Pell is going to bless the plaque attached to the statue as well. This idea as a whole is just awesome and I really hope that is works out.