The Little Sisters of the Poor honored their foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and the late Rev. Richard D. McGloin, S.J., Creighton Latin teacher and residence hall advisor, with a statue of the saint donated to the University. The dedication and blessing was on Thursday, Aug. 30, outside McGloin Residence Hall on the Creighton campus.
Mother Marguerite McCarthy of Saint Joseph’s Home of Palatine, Illinois unveiled the statue while the Most Rev. Elden Francis Curtiss, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Omaha, provided the blessing. Also present was Jeanne Gatz, BA’60, and her husband Edward Gatz, BS’61, M.D., Ph.D., and members of the Creighton community.
It was after the miraculous cure of Dr. Gatz (see Creighton University Magazine article) that Jeanne Jugan was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop Curtiss was a concelebrant at the canonization.
Gatz had been diagnosed with advanced terminal esophageal and stomach cancer in 1989. When Rev. McGloin heard of the news he encouraged Gatz’s wife to pray to Jeanne Jugan to intercede for her husband’s cure.