In 1990, artists Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella '70 and Sister Christopher Marie Wagner, OSF '69 created The Canticle, a 19 x 7 1/2 foot mural made of stoneware with glazes, stains, and glass.
The artists' inspiration for the Canticle mural came from the beautiful hymn written by St. Francis is of Assisi in the twelfth century - The Canticle of Creatures. This hymn celebrates the beauty, diversity and power of God's creation. Written at the end of his life, the work captures the Franciscan celebration of God's majesty.
The mural is located in the Rocco A. Abessinio Bulding. It reflects healing symbols by use of water and fire as well as emotional and spiritual healing through reconciliation.