Many of the churches in the area in which I live (Southeast Pennsylvania) have memorials on their grounds in remembrance of all the babies lost through abortion in our country since 1973. The Respect Life Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham Township would like to do something a little different.
We are planning to install a sculpture of Our Lady entitled, Mary Mother of the Life Within, in our prayer garden where anyone who has lost a baby due to abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage or any reason will have a place to come, pray and heal. It is also a place where those who are trying to become pregnant can come to call upon Our Lady to intercede on their behalf.
Just this morning I was at a doctor’s visit and was told by my doctor that she plans to pray here for all those babies who have been conceived and born during the pandemic after their mothers received the vaccine. Since these vaccines have not been thoroughly vetted, we don’t know the long-term effects it will have on these babies.
One of our Respect Life Ministry members, Denise Callanan-Kline, a well-known artist in Bucks County has donated a painting of our church to be raffled to raise funds for our sculpture. Please read the follow press release on Denise and her painting. If you would like to help us to raise funds for our project, you can contact Denise Wilcox. Her contact information is included in the article below.
Hopefully, this sculpture of Mary we plan to install in our prayer garden will be a place where anyone who wishes to pray for the end of abortion or for a personal intention can come, reflect, and pray.
Local Artist Paints Church in Landscape
Doylestown artist Denise Callanan-Kline, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, is known for her landscapes of Bucks County, river scenes and the polo matches in Tinicum Park. She has now completed a painting of the Buckingham church building in its natural surroundings, as part of an effort to fund another work of art that the church has commissioned. The commissioned work is a sculpture of the Madonna and Child by sculptor Joe DeVito, which honors Mary as a mother, and Callanan-Kline is donating her framed oil on panel painting to help raise its funding.
“Rather than create an architectural illustration, I chose to set the church in its Bucks County surroundings, which required a little tromping down the field across the road from the church to take some photos,” explains Callanan-Kline. “When designing the painting, I was thinking of the Hudson River painters, whose goal was to represent sublime beauty in their landscapes. They would often paint a building as an integral part of the overall landscape. These artists sought to not merely to reach the intellect and emotions, but to touch the soul. When painting the sky I decided to use cerulean blue which is the color blue more closely associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
The artist feels it is important to support the creation of true art in churches, work that encompasses original thought and dedicated craftsmanship. She has found motivation in St. John Paul the Great’s 1999 Letter to Artists, in which he describes the artist’s unique gift: “Genuine artistic intuition goes beyond what the senses perceive and, reaching beneath reality’s surface, strives to interpret its hidden mystery. The intuition itself springs from the depths of the human soul, where the desire to give meaning to one’s own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things . . . true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.” The effort Callanan-Kline invests in the time-consuming traditional steps of designing, executing and varnishing her paintings attests to St. John Paul’s statement that true art comes at a cost, but the rewards last a lifetime and longer.
The painting View of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will be on display in the church on Sunday mornings until October 31, when a winning raffle ticket will be drawn. To purchase raffle tickets, or to order a high quality giclée print of the painting, contact Denise Wilcox at email@example.com.
Here is a picture of the statue of Mary, Mother of the Life Within which we plan to place in our prayer garden.