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Announcing a New Commission

I am excited to announce that I have been commissioned to create a ¾-life-size bronze sculpture of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi for The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This sculpture will depict the time when Saint Francis was seriously ill, and came to San Damiano for Saint Clare and the sisters to minister and care for him. The pose, expressions, and composition communicate ministering in the spirit of Christ, and the vulnerability of the poor, sick, broken, and marginalized. The sculpture will remind us of the humility of Jesus, who became poor and suffered because of his love for us; we will be encouraged to serve and minister to those in need, following the example of St. Clare, St. Francis, and ultimately, Jesus Christ.

The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels (“conventual” means that it belongs to the Franciscan Order) is part of the Franciscan Renewal Center, commonly called “The Casa”, which is a place for spiritual growth and ministry, dedicated to transforming lives and moving people beyond themselves in the service of others. As a beautiful desert retreat, The Casa provides a whole host of spiritual resources aimed to advance the Franciscan ideals of service, simplicity, and worship.

The learn more about The Casa, click here.

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