To symbolize their community of prayer, the large circle is an abstract view from above of four Sisters praying. The four small circles signify their heads, dynamic implied lines are their arms reaching out to each other and their hands unite in graced prayer. This circle of prayer is alive with the Spirit flowing mystically. Beginning in the center is a cross of Light formed by Sisters hands folded in a tradition prayer gesture, which symbolizes private devotion. The Light of Christ is within each Sister, symbolized by a flame within their prayerful hands. Joyful colors and gold rays of grace represent God’s love mysteriously radiating from Sisters to all.

Artwork Info

Art Collection of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas


This painting is dedicated in honor of Sister Marie Noël Bruch, SCL. Special gratitude to Sister Noël, a woman of prayer and my spiritual companion, for sharing her love of God with me.


42 x 24 x 2 in., acrylic with sand from the River Jordan & Montana on floating wood panel


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I created paintings for each floor’s central alcove.


The power of prayer is symbolized by hands shaped in prayer and Light. To see the view I chose to symbolize the hands that form a cross, put your hands together and relax them a bit. Notice how they become a flame shape.

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