Sculpture of Ven. Fr. McGivney

ven_fr_michael_mcgivneyOn Monday September 12th, Peggy Pelishek presented Council 839 with a sculpture of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, in remembrance of her late husband Sir Knight Raymond Pelishek. She was not able to be in attendance due to illness, so her letter was read to the Council. Father Gorman then blessed the sculpture.

The Council extends its sincere gratitude to Peggy for the kindness that she has shown us, by directing Ray’s memorials to Knights of Columbus Council 839. He will always be remembered in our prayers.

This art work was a year and a half in the making. It was crafted by Father Joseph Watson, O. Cist., while he was in residence at Our Lady of Spring Bank Monastery in Sparta, WI. Father Joseph made charcoal drawings of Fr. McGivney from many of the pictures that he found on the internet. Then he sculpted a three dimensional likeness in clay, next he made a mold. After experimentation with various materials: plaster, dental stone, orthodontic stone, other gypsum products; he settled on orthodontic stone used by dentists in fabricating models to straighten teeth. Originally, the thought was to do a relief wood carving; however, that medium would not work. Also, resin and metal were rejected in favor of “plaster”. It was then cast. The mold that was fabricated will be able to recreate duplicate sculptures of Father McGivney.

The beautiful cherry wood framework which encases this art work was created by Bob Somerville, Wood Shed Creations, Melrose, WI.

Father Joseph Watson presently resides at a monastery in Quebec, Canada.

Respectfully,
R.M. Ciechanowski, Past Grand Knight