Mural in the Dominican Retreat Chapel
By Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is a nationally recognized, award winning artist, best known for his more than 200 children’s books. This mural, commissioned by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine de’Ricci in 1958, was his first major work.
Saint Rose of Lima: Saint Rose was born in Lima, Peru about 100 years after the discovery of the New World. As a very young woman she consecrated herself to a life of prayer and service, as a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. She died at the age of 30 on August 29, 1617. Her Feast Day is celebrated on August 23rd.
Blessed Jane of Aza: Blessed Jane was the mother of our Father, Saint Dominic, and a most holy woman in her own right. While she was pregnant with Saint Dominic, she experienced a vision of her child in the image of a dog carrying a torch in his mouth. The vision was reinforced by the bright light she saw shining from the baby’s head as he was baptized. She understood that Dominic would set the world on fire with his great preaching. Her Feast Day is August 2nd.
Saint Catherine of Siena: Saint Catherine is one of only three women honored as a Doctor of the Church, and is known as a pillar of the Dominican Order. A Dominican Tertiary, she was known for her holy aestheticism, preaching, and works of mercy. She was counselor to popes, and the government and religious leaders of her time. Although illiterate, she left behind a legacy of prayers, letters and her Dialogue, which described her visionary conversations with God. She died at the age of 33. Her feast Day is celebrated on April 29th.
Our Lady of Grace: The Holy Mother is the patron of our retreat House.
Saint Catherine de’ Ricci: Saint Catherine de’ Ricci was a 16th century Dominican nun. In her convent in Prato, Italy, Saint Catherine regularly experienced profound visions of Jesus and the Blessed Mother, and she was specially blessed by her mystical espousal to Christ and reception of the stigmata as depicted in the mural. She is the patron saint of our congregation. Her Feast Day is February 4th.
Saint Mary Magdalen: Named in the Gospel of Luke as one of the women Jesus healed, Mary of Magdala was one who followed him and ministered to him from her own means. She was present at the foot of the cross, and among the first to recognize the risen Christ. Following Jesus’ command, she heralded the good news of his resurrection to the 12 Apostles. She is the patron saint of preachers and of the Dominican Order. Her Feast Day is celebrated on July 22nd.
Saint Maria Goretti: A young woman of great piety, Maria was attacked and martyred at age 12. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950, and is thought by many to represent all oppressed women. Her Feast Day is July 6th.