Stations of the Cross on display
FOURTEEN handcrafted Stations of the Cross, which were started in Kenya nearly 60 years ago, are finally being completed in Ireland by a guild of needlecraft women in Dublin.
These Stations of the Cross will be on display this month at venues in Wicklow town and Rathdrum.
A Benedictine Nun based in Stanbrook Abbey in England, Dame Felicity Werburg Welch OSB, was commissioned by Elizabeth Ryan to paint fourteen Stations of the Cross for an ambitious needlework project.
The Stations of the Cross were intended in the 1960s for her local church in Molo, Kenya, where she was born and living with her family.
When Elizabeth Ryan came back from Kenya to live in Ireland she brought these panels with her to finish, but she was diagnosed with cancer and died in the mid-1980s unable to complete this project.
The efforts of Rathdrum Parish Priest Rev. Fr Derek Doyle resulted in him contacting Mary O’Reilly, Chair of Apostolic Guild in the Dublin Diocese, who agreed to undertake to complete these amazing patchwork and embroided works of art.
The guild’s dozen needle women were provided with fabrics, threads, a notebook with explicit details for each hanging, and photos of each original art work for each station, so no possible mistake could be made.
It took Mrs
O’Reilly and her friends a year to complete Mrs
Ryan’s beautiful work.
A great number of people have expressed a wish to view the Stations of the Cross so it has been decided to place them on display at two different
St Michael and Mary Parish Church in Rathdrum will display the 14 Stations of the Cross for a week starting on Saturday, June 8 and lasting until Sunday, June 16.
They will then remain on display at the Dominican Convent in Wicklow town from Wednesday, June 19 for ten days until Saturday, June 22, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Michael Ryan and Mary O’Reilly with one of the 14 handcrafted Stations of the Cross.
One of the stations of the cross on display