Entering the cortile at the entrance of our Ellicott City, MD ministry ~ The Shrine of St. Anthony, as you look to the left, you will see this statue of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua. This piece was originally created as one of the liturgical works of art for the chapel of the Franciscan Friars Conventual Theological Seminary, St. Anthony-on-Hudson, in Rensselaer, NY, which closed in 1989. Professor Corrado Ruffini (1913-1979), a sculptor from Rome, created this piece as well as the chapel’s altar, tabernacle, candelabra, crucifix, ambo, and the way of the cross. Ruffini’s statue “symbolizes the spirit of prayer and study, which are united in seminary life.”
When you visit our Shrine, take a few moments to prayerfully admire this beautiful work of art. The complex surrounding The Shrine of St. Anthony is full of beautiful and historic artwork. You are encouraged to spend time walking the property, and exploring the beauty, both manmade and natural.
Read more about, and see photos from, the former Seminary in the book:
“Saint Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary.”
[photo of the statue and the artist can be found on page 23]