MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A new mosaic of Francis and Clare was recently dedicated by Franciscans at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist here.
Several Milwaukee-area Capuchins joined other Franciscans from the archdiocese on Sept. 30, where Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba blessed a mosaic icon of Francis and Clare. The “Gaze Upon Christ” devotional piece is a unique combination of artistic mediums to honor the ministry of the orders of Franciscan men and women serving the archdiocese.
The piece was designed by Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wisc., in collaboration with Carl Last, cathedral rector. The San Damiano cross was meticulously painted by studio artist David Andrews, who replicated every detail of the original. The cross illustrates the Gospel of St. John and is perhaps the most renowned cross in the world. Francis and Clare are rendered in mosaic, executed by Giovanni Travisanutto in Spilimbergo, Italy, and Motto Mosaics in Carmel, N.Y.
Details are available on page 2 of the Oct.12 issue of Weekly re:Cap.