A Woman of Many Talents
When she’s not busy with her stained glass work, her iconography, and her workshops, Sr. Chris is often sharing her talents with the sisters in other ways. You’ll frequently notice her art work citied in various programs sent out by the congregation. She also loves reading and enjoys being out in nature, watching good movies, doing crocheting and knitting, and, occasionally, traveling. She’s able to visit her mother each month and enjoys visits with her family.
Spending time with and sharing ideas with other artists is a special treat. Some years ago Sr. Chris joined a program called the Brown Bag Franciscan Community for the Arts. The group includes women and men—both religious and lay—whose interests and talents lie in the broader fields of art—for example, painting, poetry, music, and dance. They gather yearly, usually at the spiritual center in Aston, and spend a few days of sharing their gifts and their artistic endeavors. The group also publishes a newsletter which Sr. Chris compiles and edits.
For Sr. Chris, her ministry as an artist is most certainly a way of using the talent with which she has been gifted. But it is much more. “My ministry gives me the feeling of accomplishment,” she explained. “I’m doing something which brings joy to others, raises their spirits, and inspires them. My art work is an expression of the love of God for each of us.”