Fr. Earl La Riviere Memorial Statue



The "Memorial Fund" is sponsoring the creation of a life-sized bronze statue of Fr. Earl La Riviere, to be installed in a new meditation grotto on the Aquinas HS campus.

The statue will catch Fr. Earl in a moment as he reaches out to the class during a poetry reading. His left arm reaches out to make a point, as he holds a book in his right hand.

Click here for the photo gallery of the clay model as a work in progress!

PLEASE NOTE - (Updated 02-01-19): As of today, we can confirm that the March 23 dedication date is back on.  Charlie Daschbach and John Talbot met today with the sculptor and managers of the firm where Fr. Earl's statue is being created. On behalf of the Steering Committee, they approved the clay model, so that the process can move forward to the final three steps: (1) pour a rubber mold used to (2) pour a plaster cast used to (3) pour the molten bronze for the final statue.


The reason we've set March 23 as the dedication date, is that it's the same day as the annual AHS Scholarship Dinner. About a half dozen alumni will be honored for distinguished achievements in their post-graduation lives.

CONFIRMED: If you've planned to travel to San Bernardino to attend the March 23 statue dedication, that event is back on track!


We have met and exceeded the goal for the statue and the grotto development. We wanted to raise an additional $10,000 for the grotto's build out. As of Feb-1 2019 we have raised an additional $16,258 for the grotto. 

For those of you who have supported the Memorial Fund so far, thank you! Please scroll down to check out the donor acknowledgments to: (a) make sure your name is listed, (b) that it's spelled correctly, and (c) that your name appears in the giving level you have expected. Please report any issues to

Any donations from this point forward will assure that some funds exist at AHS for grotto maintenance. The meditation grotto is going to be a fitting home for Fr. Earl's life size bronze statue. Its walls will be covered by ceramic tile, punctuated by a series of dedication and story plaques created in laser etched black granite that is polished to a mirror finish!

Alumnus Dick Saar donated all of the beautiful ceramic tiles for the grotto walls! They will look like marble. We want to make the grotto a place where anyone would enjoy sitting, meditating, or perhaps even reading one of the poems Fr. Earl loved so much, and taught so well.

Please click here to add your tax-deductible support to this lasting memorial to Fr. Earl - the statue and grotto - by your one-time or recurring monthly gift!


There are two ways to donate: (1) Use the Aquinas HS donation form to enter your credit card information , (2) Write a check, payable to "Aquinas High School", adding "LRS Memorial Fund" to the memo line; and mail it to

Aquinas High School

2772 Sterling Ave. 

San Bernardino, CA 92404.

(Gifts to date - see below)

We're there - and with some funds for the meditation grotto!