Thursday, July 20, 2006

White Bear artist creates panel of Blessed Kateri headed for Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in ND

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The first time Roger Zarembinski, 56, laid his hand on the wood panel on which he was to create an image of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, he groaned.

“One of the harder things to do is just getting started,” he said. That was a year ago. Today, the nearly finished 44-by-90-inch pastel chalk drawing of the blessed American Indian woman stands alive with color in Zarembinski’s Lino Lakes studio, which is a converted chicken coop.

Kateri stands holding a birch cross to her heart and extending the rosary. A Jesuit priest stands near elevating the Eucharist, and two Mohawk children are at her feet. Behind her, American Indian men paddle the canoe that aided her escape to the Christian mission.

The finished panel will be going on its own journey for the June 30 dedication of the newly built earth-lodge-styled St. Anthony church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Mandaree, N.D. It will later be installed in the parish’s welcoming space. [snip] Catholic Spirit

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