Nun who started St. Mary’s Hospital memorialized in bronze sculpture

A bronze sculpture of Sister Mary Balbina Farrell is unveiled Friday evening at Seventh and Main Streets in downtown Grand Junction. Hers is the third of five statues to be placed downtown in the Legends of the Grand Valley project, which honors five pioneers and trailblazers in the area’s history. Sister Mary Balbina Farrell was the motivating force behind establishing St. Mary’s Hospital in 1896.



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A bronze sculpture of Sister Mary Balbina Farrell is unveiled Friday evening at Seventh and Main Streets in downtown Grand Junction. Hers is the third of five statues to be placed downtown in the Legends of the Grand Valley project, which honors five pioneers and trailblazers in the area’s history. Sister Mary Balbina Farrell was the motivating force behind establishing St. Mary’s Hospital in 1896.

To look at her face now, serene in bronze, is to see barely more than a girl. She was so young. But look closer and there is determination in her clear eyes, and hope and faith. And there is…




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