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Other Art at Shrine

The Crucifixion

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Located on the north wall of sanctuary. Placing the Church’s original statue (corpus) back on a more traditional cross constructed by father and son parishioners, Larry and Bob Ripp, the artists from Murals by Jericho repainted the corpus and added a halo to better match the coloring in the Fra Angelico works. The background is not from an original but includes trees and other landscape elements that were typical in Fra Angelico’s works. The cross and the altar are the central focus in our church. Jesus died on the cross to expiate for our sins and to open the gates of heaven for us.


Millennium Saints

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Faustina, St. Jose Maria Escriva, and St. (Padre) Pio Pietrelcina are also painted in the style of Fra Angelico by our artists. These paintings of recently canonized saints surround our main altar.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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On the left, Mother Teresa (1910-1997) came to our Diocese in 1996 to visit sisters in her order who live and work here shortly before her death in 1997. Sisters of Charity were present for a Sunday Mass celebration including the unveiling of this painting on the day of her beatification in Rome, October 19, 2003.

Sister Faustina

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To Blessed Mother Teresa’s right is St. Faustina (d.1938), a Polish nun whose message of Our Lord’s mercy was celebrated with her canonization on April 30, 2000 as the first Saint canonized in the new millennium.

Saint Jose Maria Escriva

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To the right of the altar is St. Jose Maria Escriva, (1902-1975) Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei, who was canonized on October 6, 2002 and believed that everyone is called to holiness, including through our daily work.

Padre Pio

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To the far right is Beloved Padre Pio, who was canonized Saint Pio Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. He was a Capuchin monk in Italy who bore the stigmata or wounds of Christ, and who could read hearts. He had five rules for spiritual growth, namely, weekly confession, daily Communion, spiritual reading, meditation, and examination of conscience.


Marian Saints

Images surrounding the Marian Altar

Blessed Fra Angelico

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Blessed Fra Angelico, the patron saint of artists, who was beatified October 3, 1982. His Feast Day is celebrated on February 18th. More on Fra Angelico.

Juan Diego

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Next pictured is the Saint of Mexico, whose tilma, or cloak, bore the miraculous image of Mary. He reported this Marian apparition, Our Lady of Guadalupe, in 1531 to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga. The image of the Blessed Mother led millions of indigenous Indians in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. He was canonized July 31, 2002 as the first indigenous American saint.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

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Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (1844-1879), was born in Lourdes, France and was the daughter of a miller and a laundress. When she was 14, she reported seeing 18 apparitions of “a small young lady” over a period of five months. The apparitions became known as Our Lady of Lourdes. Bernadette’s body has not deteriorated since her death, and her shrine in Lourdes attracts millions of Christians each year because of the inexplicable healing properties of the water that comes from the spring at the shrine. Saint Bernadette, to whom the Blessed Mother announced her Immaculate Conception, was canonized on that feast, December 8th, in 1933. St. Bernadette’s feast day is February 11th.


Fatima Children

Jacinta

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Francisco

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Lucia

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Also included (on the right) are the three peasant children of Fatima, Portugal; Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, who experienced apparitions and messages from the Blessed Mother. Our Lady of Fátima is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared to the three shepherd children for six consecutive months on the 13th of the month in 1917, starting on May 13. The apparition confided “The Three Secrets of Fatima” to the children, which were a series of prophecies and visions. Jacinta and Francisco, who both died of the flu in the 1920s, were beatified May 13, 2000. Lucia, a nun in the Carmelite Convent in Coimbra Portugal, died on February 13, 2005 at age 97. She met with Pope John Paul II in Fatima in May 1991 regarding the secrets of Fatima.


Church Ceiling

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The upper ceiling of the entire church was painted blue with gold stars to represent heaven. The lower sections of the ceiling light blue with wispy clouds to represent the sky about our earth. The columns in the church were painted green to represent the earth and the gold accents in the columns represent the graces always flowing down from heaven.