Written by: Denise Serafini on Tuesday, March 14, 2017St. Mary’s Church in Portland, CT graciously hosted our presentation on Sunday, March 12. This is the first church we presented to this year where we could display all eight of our backdrops. They contain the artwork of James Tissot, an eighteenth century French painter and illustrator, depicting the Passion of Christ. We are especially pleased to have them since they present the struggles, sorrows, anguish and emotional perspective of the individuals depicted in each scene as well as the gruesome nature of His Passion. The artwork in Tissot’s illustrations depict something that is far beyond the nature of what is traditionally seen in the standard Stations of the Cross. They also set the tone for the context of the meditations, visually helping the faithful to connect to the various stops on the road to Calvary. The current pastor, Reverend Paul Boudreau presided over the event to expose the Blessed Sacrament and participate in the readings during the meditative portion of our program. This church is actually dedicated under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe. How fitting for us in that she was the one that brought about the conversion of millions as a result of her apparitions on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico so many centuries ago. As part of our mission, we pray for conversions. Our prayers are focused on the conversion of hearts similar to the experience of St. Longinus when he pierced the side of Jesus and declared “Truly this was the Son of God.” We also ask Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to help each of us, even the faithful, in our daily conversion as members of His Church. Obviously we could never have the impact of millions of conversions as Our Lady of Guadalupe did in 1536, but if we can help to bring Jesus closer to even one heart we will have made progress in helping her in her mission to convert and save all souls for Her Son.