Sacred Art: Figures Depicted

Representing a diverse group of saints, lay persons, clergy,  and religious, the figures in Body of Christ/Communion of Saints reflect the many ways we worship, serve, and grow as a community of faith.  Through their vocations and gifts, may those depicted in this work of art call to mind some of the many ways we respond in faith, hope, and love to our Lord.  

Pictured from left to right in the painting, those represented are:

  1. Fr. Thomas Frederick Price (1860-1919): "The Tarheel Apostle".   The first priest to be ordained in North Carolina, who began a statewide evangelization effort in N.C. in the late 1800s.  Represents Catholic priests, evangelists, North Carolinians, orphans, the chronically ill.
  2. Dorothy Day (1897-1980):  American journalist and social activist who played a key role in the Catholic Social Worker Movement, advocating for the poor and homeless. Represents social activists, converts to Catholicism, writers.
  3. Medical doctor:  Represents health care workers.
  4. Woman with Pyx:  Represents lay ministers.
  5. St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997):  Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, serving the poorest of the poor in India.  Represents the poor, sick, and homeless; missionaries.
  6. Young boy:  Represents youth, Scouts.
  7. St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639):  Lay brother of the Dominican Order in Lima, Peru, noted for his devotion to orphans and the poor.  Represents public health workers, advocates for racial equality, orphans.
  8. Mother Catherine McAuley:  Foundress of Sisters of Mercy (headquartered in Belmont, NC) who strive for a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated.  Represents nurses, consecrated religious, social workers.
  9. Woman in chair:  Represents the elderly, grandparents, widows.
  10. Builder: Represent laborers, workers, fathers.
  11. St. Maximillian Kolbe (1894-1941):  Polish Franciscan friar noted for his devotion to the Blessed Mother.  Volunteered to die in place of a stranger at the Auschwitz death camp in WWII.  Represents refugees, prisoners, writers, political activists.
  12. Police officer:  Represents uniformed service members, peace keepers.
  13. St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962):  Italian medical doctor who sacrifced her own life to save her unborn baby's life.  Represent mothers, physicians, unborn children, respect life advocates.
  14. Child in arms: Represents babies, unborn children. 
  15. Fr. Mychal Judge (1933-2001):  NYC Fire Department Chaplain and the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center.  Represents first-responders, priests and deacons.
  16. Young girl with basket:  Represents youth, altar servers.
  17. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821):   Converted to Catholicism after becoming a widow.  Established the first Catholic girls' school in our nation.  Represents educators, students, converts to Catholicism.
  18. St. Juan Diego (1474-1548):  A Mexican Indian who received four appearances by the Virgin Mary in December 1531.  Represents indigenous peoples, devotion to the Blessed Mother.


Now you are Christ's body, and individually parts of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27



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