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Wendy M. Wright, PhD is Professor of Theology and holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities at Creighton University. She is the author of fifteen books on Christian spirituality. Wendy Wright Portrait
Omaha artist Dorothy Tuma specializes in photographs that emphasize the spiritual and natural qualities of images.
 
This twenty-five piece photographic exhibit explores the nature of the Catholic imagination as viewed through the lens of the many faces of the Virgin Mary as she is discovered in the "minority majority" Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles. The product of a seven-year pilgrimage through this region, which is a microcosm of global Catholicism, these images reveal the rich textures of the Catholic Marian experience and allow a glimpse into the exquisite tenderness and remarkable vigor with which she is embraced. Interpretive text that accompanies the visual images explores aspects of the Catholic imagination: its temporal and spatial sacramental sensibility, its visual and embodied nature, its ritual, performative and gestural character, and its embrace of irony and paradox. Mary emerges in this visual and textual portrait as the global Church's point vierge, the "virgin point" of deep convergence of the tradition's wide theological, cultural, historical, and geographical diversity. The polyvalent figure of Mary encountered in the Los Angeles area both illustrates a distinctive Catholic imagination and finds in that imagination the seeds of creativity, reconciliation, renewal, and hope.
   
Our Lady of Refuge

Our Lady of the Refuge

Jose Pirkner, sculptor, 1960s
Our Lady of the Refuge Church, Long Beach

Early December Belongs to Guadalupe

Early December Belongs to Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Oxnard

Old Mission Santa Ynez, Solvang

Guadalupe Procession, Dec. 11, 2006, State Street, Santa Barbara

Floral Offering and Outdoor Display, Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe

Guadalupe Niche, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Montecito

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Guadalupe Sanctuary, East Los Angeles

Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia

Nuestra Señora
de Peñafrancia


Miraculous Virgin, Bicol Region, Philippines

Immaculate Hear of Mary Church, Los Angeles, east Hollywood area

Apparition Windows

Apparition Windows

Munich Studios of Franz Mayer, 1927-1957
Immaculate Conception Church, Westlake/Downtown Los Angeles

Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes Grotto

Ryoko Fuso Kado, creator
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Altadena

A Microcosm of Global Catholicism

A Microcosm of Global Catholicism

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena, Holy Family, Glendale, Aug. 2006

Vietnam's Our Lady of La Vang
, Our Lady of Loretto Church, Los Angeles, Angelino Heights

Chinese Madonna Window, St. Bridget's Chinese Catholic Community, Chinatown

Dormition of the Virgin Icon, St. Paul Melkite Greek Mission-St. Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church, El Segundo

Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation, William Earley Studios,
St. John's Seminary Priests Chapel, Camarillo

The Visitation, Henry Clarke Studio, St. Ambrose Church, West Hollywood

The Nativity, Church Art Glass Co., Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Santa Barbara

The Presentation in the Temple, Old Convent Chapel, Our Lady of Peace Church, North Hills

Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Chapel, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Altadena

Warrior and Defender

Warrior and Defender

Our Lady of Victory, tile arch, Our Lady of Victory Church, Compton

Second Eve Window, La Purisima Concepcion Church, Lompoc

Our Lady of Fatima with American Flag, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe

First Fruits of Redeemed Humanity

First Fruits of Redeemed Humanity

The Assumption, Millard Sheets, artist, 1954
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Ventura

Patroness of Religious Orders

Patroness of Religious Orders

Vincentian: Neon Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Vincent's Church, South Los Angeles

Immaculate Heart Sisters: Immaculate Heart Window, La Casa de Maria, Montecito

Franciscan: "La Placita," Annunciation Mosaic, Piczek Studios, Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles, Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles

Carmelite: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Murillo, 17th c., Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Montecito

Augustinian: Our Mother of Good Counsel, Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, Los Feliz area, Los Angeles

Salesians of Don Bosco: Mary Help of Christians
, St. Bridget's Chinese Catholic Center, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Madonna of the Local and the Locale

Madonna of the Local and the Locale

Our Lady of the Valley Window, Piczek Studios, Our Lady of the Valley Church, Canoga Park

Our Lady of Malibu with Seagulls, wood sculpture, Our Lady of Malibu Church, Malibu

Mary Star of the Sea, statue above bell tower, Mary Star of the Sea Church, San Pedro

Mary Star of the Sea, statuette, Mary Star of the Sea Church, Oxnard

Santa Maria del Camino

Santa Maria del Camino

Fernando Aritze, SJ, artist,
Dolores Mission, Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles

Theotokos: Mother of God

Theotokos: Mother of God

Our Lady of Lebanon, Our Lady of Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Cathedral, Los Angeles

Queen of Martyrs, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, East Los Angeles

Mother and Child with Angels, St. Mary's Coptic Catholic Church, Silverlake area, Los Angeles

Theotokos and Iconostasis, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hollywood area

Icons, St. Paul Melkite Greek Mission-St. Andrew Russian-Greek Catholic Church, El Segundo

Queen of Poland

Queen of Poland

Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, Arlington Heights area, Los Angeles

The Regional Virgens of Latin America

The Regional Virgens of Latin America

Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos, Guadalupe Sanctuary, East Los Angeles

Nuestra Señora de las Paz (El Salvador) and Nuestra Señora de Suyapa (Honduras), St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Pico Union area, Los Angeles

Lord of Esquipula Crucifixion, Guatemala

Indio Virgen de Juaquila, Oaxaca, Mexico

Nuestra Señora de Soledad, Oaxaca, Mexico

Bottom three from St. Cecilia Church, Los Angeles


The Regional Virgens of South America
Encounter of Juan Diego and Nuestra SeƱora de Guadalupe

Encounter of Juan Diego and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Textile wall hanging, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Paula

Seven Sorrows of Mary

Seven Sorrows (Dolors)
of Mary


The Prophecy of Simeon, Pizcek Studios Window, Our Lady of the Assumptions Church, Claremont

The Flight into Egypt, wood bas relief, St. Vincent Church, South Los Angeles

Jesus Is Placed in the Tomb, Church Art Glass Co., Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Santa Barbara

The Seven Swords of Sorrow, Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, Sierra Madre

Loss of the Child Jesus, Chapel, Holy Family Church, Glendale

Mary Receives the Body of Her Son, mosaic, Visitation Church, Westchester

Jesus Dies on the Cross, St. Bridget's Chinese Catholic Center, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Jesus Meets His Mother, Humberto Maestas, artist, Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, Sierra Madre

Sorrowful Mother at the Foot of the Cross with Photos

Sorrowful Mother at the Foot of the Cross with Photos

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, El Monte

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows, Guadalupe Sanctuary, East Los Angeles

Pieta, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Santa Barbara

"Santo Entiero" (Holy Corpse), Our Lady of the Valley Church, Canoga Park

Nuestra Señora de Dolores, Dolores Mission, East Los Angeles

Filipino Sorrowing Virgin, Sacred Heart Rectory, Altadena


Intercessor and Healer

Intercessor and Healer

Lourdes Grotto with St. Bernadette, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Tujunga

Candle display, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Oxnard

Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Book of the Sick, Holy Family Church, Pasadena

Guadalupe poster with photos, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Sun Valley

Our Lady of Peace

Our Lady of Peace

Tile mural, Lalo Garcia, artist, Our Lady of Peace Church, North Hills

Our Lady of the Angels

Our Lady of the Angels

Robert Graham, sculptor, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles

Mary's Global Face in Los Angeles
Mary's Global Face in Los Angeles
Top left to right

Filipino Nuestra Señora de Antipolo, Our Lady of the Valley Church, Canoga Park

Rosaria de Talpa, Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Church, East Los Angeles

Our Lady of Perpetual Help altar, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Los Angeles

Our Lady of the Rosary rose window, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Paramount

Korean Madonna, St. Gregory Nazienzen Church, Koreatown, Los Angeles

Our Lady of Lithuania, St. Casimir Church, Los Feliz area, Los Angeles

Stabat Mater, Capilla de Maria, Immaculate Heart High School, Los Feliz area, Los Angeles

Middle section left to right

Holy Family wood statuette, Holy Family Church, South Pasadena

Mater Purissima window, St. Ambrose Chruch, West Hollywood (above)

Two Hearts altar, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church, Pasadena (below)

Rosa Mystica window, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, Long Beach

Ave Maria window, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Northridge (above)

Blue M, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Paula (below)

Root of Jesse window, Our Lady of Reguge Church, Long Beach

House of Gold window, Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, Los Feliz area, Los Angeles
Bottom left to right

Our Lady Overlook Ocean, Vincentian Retreat Center, Santa Barbara

Our Lady of Fatima garden, La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Montecito

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Appearing to Simon Stock, Bartolome Murillo, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Montecito

Crown and Dove window
, Mary Star of the Sea Church, San Pedro

Marian Altar (Cuban Caridad del Cobre, Oaxacan Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Fatima), Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, El Monte

Filipino Virgin and Child, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Sun Valley

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal mosaic, Piczek Studios, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Montebello

Our Lady of the Angels

Our Lady of the Angels

Ernest Shelton, artist, 1975, Wiltshire Boulevard near St. Basil's Church, Los Angeles