U.S. Capitol Statue

Dedication of Arizona's Kino Statue
Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
Arizona Admission Day - February 14, 1965

Opening Remarks and Introductions: James M. Murphy, Master of Ceremonies, at rostrum speaking. Seated (left to right): Hon. Carl Hayden, President Pro Tempore of the US Senate and Senator from Arizona; Susanne Silver­-Cruys, Sculptor; Rev. Ernest J. Burrus, S.J., Historical Institute of the Jesuit Fathers; Hon. Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior; Hon. Samuel P. Goddard, Jr., Governor of the State of Arizona; Rev. Edwin J. McDermott, S.J.; Principal of Brophy College Preparatory High School; Hon. John J. Rhodes, Member of Congress from Arizona;  Most Rev. Francis J. Green, D.D, Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson. 

Dedication Day

The Governors of Arizona and Sonora, had officially proclaimed the week of February 7 thru February 14, "Father Kino Week in America." By using two languages, Spanish and English, their aim was to encourage better cultural and commercial relations alike between the two states.

On the morning of February 14, at 9: 00 a.m., a High Mass, honoring Father Kino as a Servant and Missionary of Christ, was sung by the Coro Trentino of New York in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Mario Ferrari, in the presence of Bishop Francis Green of Tucson, Arizona. Both the Bishop and Monsignor Ferrari delivered sermons.

Front Steps of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Fr. Boniface Bolognani: standing 4th from right in front row

At noontime, a dinner was served in the Manger Annapolis Hotel in Washington, D. C. Father Bolognani, president of the Honoring Committee of New York, presented the delegation from Trent, Italy; speeches were given by the Representative of the "Regione Trentina-Alto Adige," Hon. Giacomo Dusini; by the representative of the Archbishop of Trent, Msgr. Mario Ferrari; and by Hon. Dr. Bruno Fronza and Rodolfo Abram, respectively President and Secretary of the "Trentini nel Mondo" Association. 

The big event of the Dedication of the Statue of the "Padre" from Trent, took place at 3:00 p.m. The Rotunda was crowed for the occasion with cameramen from CBS and ABC network, newsmen, all the big personalities from Arizona, the representative of the Government of Italy in the person of Ambassador Hon. Sergio Fenoaltea; the Ambassadors from Belgium, Spain, Mexico, the Hon. Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of Interior; Bishop Francis Green of Tucson and Auxiliary Bishop John Spence of Washington, D. D., Representatives of Congress, hundreds and hundreds of Washingtonians and more than 3,000 "Trentini" from all over the United States, many of them of the Kino family-tree. 

A United States Air Force band played a music prelude. The presentation of Colors by the joint services guard and the National Anthem followed. The Invocation was given by the Bishop of Tucson to an absolutely silent and moved audience. The master of ceremonies and chairman of Kino Statue Dedication Committee of Arizona, Mr. James M. Murphy, pro ceded to present all delegations both from Arizona, Trent and New York City. 

The Governor of Arizona, Hon. Samuel P. Goddard, Jr., then presented the statue to Senator Carl Hayden, in behalf of the State or Arizona. Following this, Joseph Chini of Flushing, Ohio, an elder member of the Kino-family tree in America, unveiled the statue amid flashing cameras and emotions of those present. Wreaths were placed in front of the statue by two brothers, Livio and Emanuel Chini, in the name of all the Chini or Kino in America and in Italy, and by Mario Maimone and Louis Smaniotto in the name of all "Trentini" in the United States. The historian of the Historical Institute of the Jesuits in Rome, Italy, Fr. Ernest J. Burrus, S.J., gave the dedicatory address:  "Kino's Vision of the Future." His inspired speech was a detailed examination of Kino in his missionary work and in his prophetical vision of the future of Arizona and California. And he had touching words of praise for the "Trentini" and for the Trentino region which gave such a son to Mexico and to the United States of America. 

Stewart Udall Speaking at Podium

Hon. Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of Interior of the United States, touched the audience with a few chosen words and following this, the Hon. Carl Hayden accepted the Statue in the name of Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States of America. 

Following the ceremonies of the dedication, a reception was held in the Capitol for all the people present; meanwhile the delegation from Trent presented some gifts to the personalities present at the dedication, gold and silver medals, albums of photographs of the Kino birthplace and biographies of him, and, through the Ambassador of Italy, an artistically valuable statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Italy, to President Johnson as a memento of gratitude.

Father Boniface Bolognani, O.F.M.
"Pioneer Padre: A Biography of Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J.
Missionary, Discoverer and Scientist"  1968 

The Kino Memorial Statute Committee

In Spring 1962 Arizona's Governor appointed the Kino Memorial Statue Committee to undertake a fund raising program through public subscription to select a sculptor and to commission the Kino statue for the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Walter Fathauer, Chairman
George Babbitt
Frank C. Brophy
Dr. John A. Carroll
Dr. Edward B. Danson
Mrs. Jean Devere
J.C. Dolan
Bert Fireman
Mrs. Byron Ivancovich
Robert Lenon
Clay Lockett
Miss May Mahoney
Rev. Edwin J. McDermott, S.J.
Mrs. John W. Murphy
Stephen Ochoa
Mrs. Timothy Parkman
Rev. Norman Whalen
Louis J. Felix
William Raugh

The Kino Statue Dedication Committee

The Arizona Governor appointed the Kino Statue Dedication Committee to organize the unveiling of the Kino Statue created by sculptor Baroness Susanne Silvercruys and to present the statue at the acceptance ceremony at the National Statuary Hall of Heroes. 

James M. Murphy, Chairman
Fred T. Boice
Donald H. Bufkin
Evo J. De Concini
Louis Escalada
Calvin W. Evans
Dr. Russell C. Ewing
Walter Fathauer
Frank X. Gordon
Mrs. Rosemarie S. Gwynn
Dr. Paul G. Hubbard
Mrs. Thayer Painter
Miss Patricia P. Paylore
Donald E. Phillips
Mrs. Maude Porter
Robert W. Prochnow
Paul M. Roca
Dr. Edward Spicer
John U. Vinson

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