Sta­tions of the Cross on dis­play

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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

Wick­low venues.

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

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