This year the Sisters were especially blessed at the transitus service to have a beautiful painting of our Beloved Father Francis passing from this life into the next.
Sr. Judith Ann, our major Superior, wrote a beautiful piece about the painting and its artist:
Demetrius was 17 years old when he was put into prison and could be for life. Now he is 44 years old. Donna Medina, our CEO of OSF Hospice, befriended Demetrius when he was first imprisoned through her participation in a prison ministry. She has written to him nearly every day over all these years. She is basically all the family he has known and enjoyed over all those years. Demetrius has come to know Christ and his faith has grown over the years, as Donna has been sending him reading material and encouraging him on his faith journey. Demetrius also discovered that he has a gift to paint. Donna has been supplying him with canvas and paints and the prison allows him to paint. Demetrius heard all about our Sisters through Donna and he wanted to paint something special for us, something that represented the entire life of Jesus. He painted on one canvas the baby Jesus being held by Simeon in the temple and Jesus being supported by Roman soldiers as he falls on the way to Calvary. The colors are strikingly beautiful and our Sisters have the painting hanging in our Motherhouse dining room. Demetrius heard about our desire to build a Hospice Home to care the terminally ill in a home-like setting and he painted 16 pictures, one for each patient room that will go into the Home when it is built. Recently, we asked Demetrius if he could paint the death of St. Francis that we could use for the Transitus Service in our Motherhouse Chapel each year, a service that commemorates the passing of St. Francis into eternal life. Demetrius painted the most beautiful image of Francis lying down with his hand raised up in blessing, supported by one of his brothers just at sunset. Our Sisters are grateful for Demetrius and his wonderful talent and gift and we pray for him.