Franciscan Sister Commissioned for Synod on the Family Painting

by fscc on July 15, 2015

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mariella Erdmann was commissioned to do this Holy Family painting by Bishop David Ricken for the Green Bay Diocese in connection with the Synod on the Family. 

Franciscan Sister Mariella Holy Family smaller

The painting is done in oil and the intent is to show Jesus as a teen-ager relating to his parents.  After his stay in the temple at age 12, Jesus went down with his parents and was obedient to them.  The figures look Middle Eastern and they are engaged in daily work.  Their clothes are simple and the colors warm.  The emphasis is on the three relating to each other in love, joy, and simplicity which shows through their eyes and bodily gestures.  The wooden beams behind Jesus foreshadow his death on the cross.  Jesus’ love for his mother is obvious as he gazes on her and his respect for Joseph is shown through his working peacefully with Joseph.  Mary is ever attentive to Jesus and is truly the hand-maiden of the Lord. Joseph is the protector of the family and looks lovingly on Mary. 

Franciscan Sister Mariella and Sisters with Synod of the Family PaintingJesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!


5 thoughts on “Franciscan Sister Commissioned for Synod on the Family Painting”

  1. Pope Francis recently remarked that the poor families of Paraguay reminded him of the Holy Family! Gazing upon this remarkably simple image Sister Mariella gifted us and the entire Church with of the Holy Family inspires me to look to them for help for all the families of our world.

  2. Sr. Catherine Gilles says:

    Another beautiful, inspirational and thought provoking painting! Thank you, Sr. Mariella! My prayer is that it bring inspiration to all who view it.

  3. annemarielom says:

    Thank you for posting this beautiful project and showing the image created by Sister Mariella.

  4. Sister June says:

    The Picture of the Holy Family is very warm and radiating love that which we need for our families and communities.
    God bless you, Sister Mariella. Sister June

  5. Sister Leonette Kochan, OSF says:

    “How precious is the family as the privileged place for passing on the faith!” (Pope Francis) Sister. Mariella, what a magnificent portrayal of this message. Thank you!
    Sister Leonette Kochan

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