In His Image The Examen of St Ignatius Sculpture

"In His Image" below is 30 minute film documenting the creation of Fairfield University's St Ignatius of Loyola  bronze two -part "Examen"( examination of conscience) sculpture.

It follows New York artists Joan Benefiel and Jeremy Leichman as they develop, create, and deliver this unique piece of art for the Ignatian heritage week beginning October 22nd.

Leichman and Benefiel won the University's art competition for emerging young artists to design and produce the statue.

One of the prime components of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, the Examen is St. Ignatius' cornerstone prayer for discerning God's presence in daily life. 

The commissioned statue invites all to his method for paying attention to divine presence in the world.

"They struck just the right balance between canonical art history - exemplified in this case by the grand statuary of the Italian Baroque period - and 21st-century imagery," said Jill Deupi, Ph.D., director of Fairfield's Bellarmine Museum of Art, who was on the selection committee. "

The result is a piece that is, by turns, aesthetically captivating, intellectually rigorous and spiritually moving. We could not have asked for more."

The statue dedication kicks off a weeklong exploration of the University's Ignatian heritage, including a series of stimulating lectures by experts in the field.

Jesuit Jim Manney at dot Magis, an Ignatian blog says :

"Two identical figures of St. Ignatius, made from the same mould, face each other.

Their gaze is intense; it’s no simple glance in a mirror.

The feet are abnormally large, signifying the saint’s journey.

The hands are large as well, signifying a man ready to go to work.

The idea was to erect a statue that would encourage young people to reflect–one of the goals of Jesuit education.

You look at the statue and realize that you’re reflecting on a man reflecting.

That’s part of what you do when you pray the Examen.

Certainly the statue is open to many interpretations. What’s yours?"

 Jesuit Fr. James Martin S,J says

"The sculpture is a double triumph: both a clever visual representation of the examen (aka the Ignatian examination of conscience) and a realistic depiction of the saint.  
Finally a statue of Ignatius that looks like Ignatius."

Click here for an article from the Fairfield Mirror " Be A Part of The Puzzle Inside The Puzzle"

The U2 song based on Psalm 40 goes well with this do ya think ?- 
(Yes, I know Fairfield is not in Chicago..)


I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He lifted me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long...
How sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and fear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long...

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