The past several months I have been working on a large project for the Archive’s of the School Sisters of Notre Dame which is newly housed at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee WI. I chose to take a quote from Mother Caroline Friess, “Led By Faith and Grace” as the direction for the carving. She
As we begin Advent this year, we look to Mary as helping us to find our way. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated in the Church year on December 12 each year. Today millions of pilgrims visit her shrine in Mexico each year. I appreciate the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This carving reflects the power found in communities that celebrate Eucharist together. The people gathered at table are then sent forth to share the new life that they have received. They join with others in blessing, breaking and giving Eucharist. Eucharist 12″h X 10″w X 2″d
In the letter that Pope Francis wrote to explain the reasons for the Year of Mercy he used the words, two times, “Exclude No One.” That is exclude no one from your mercy and love. All are welcome.
The Advent Season of hope is our blessing this year. We celebrate it with anticipated joy in the Light of Christmas approaching. A few years ago
With the winds and first frost of these past days, we see the familiar sight of leaves blowing past our windows. It creates such a different view to once again see the whole structure of the trees as they lose their leaves. It is a blessing to have the different seasons which remind us that
Thanks to all who came for the reception this past Sunday at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis,MN. I appreciate your support and am grateful to the staff for the wonderful reception that they had. The exhibit will be up through October 25. If you get a chance please stop by and enjoy the
Presently I am having a solo exhibit at The Basilica of St Mary, in Minneapolis MN. I have 36 pieces exhibited, 20 of which have been made in the last year and a half. The show is on from September 12 through October 25, 2015. If you are in the area please stop by and
In summer it is easy to notice all the beautiful signs of nature around us during the day and at night. The cross I am showing is a result of some reflection on that beauty. The moon, sun and stars are represented near the top. Waters of baptism and springs that give life are also
Very early in the morning three woman Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother of James or (Put your name and your friends names in the blanks) _______, _____, and _______are making their way to the tomb. Filled with despair we encounter the angel and hear the message to go out beyond the tomb. We
Usually at the end of my work day in my studio,especially in the winter months, I try to remind myself to look out my west windows. With my work I spend much of my time looking down at what I am carving but when I look up I am often greeted with vibrant beauty.
At the beginning of Advent I put up my “Love Cannot Wait” Exhibit again at Our Lady of Good Counsel Campus, in Mankato, MN. It went up outside our chapel entrance, but only this time it will be viewed one piece at a time (about one piece a month) until October 2017. At that time
The last months I have been working to make some smaller pieces for my annual Twinkling Wood Chips Show. If you happen to be in the Mankato, Mn area this coming Saturday November 22, stop by for some homemade cookies and hot apple cider between 10 and 4.
Especially during this time of the year, I always think of our foundress Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was someone who believed in educating the whole person. She used future tense in her wording and was always optimistic. Her eyes spoke of her perceptive heart and she looked on
This is an explanation and picture of one of the two piece that I have hanging at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, MN during the month of September. I received third place on this piece at the original competition at the Benedictine Monastery of St Paul in Maplewood, MN. If you get a