Katie, I loved what I saw on your Web site. I couldn't have
been happier. It was as if something I could barely imagine
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recently acquired a beautiful sculpture of 'Mary at Prayer'
by artist Kathleen Aucoin. I was so moved by this piece of
art that I felt the need to express its impact on me --and
on the Sisters with whom I live.
has somehow been able to capture a Mary full of awe and
joy at the miracle of her Divine pregnancy ... a woman communing
with the LOVE OF HER LIFE. 'Mary at Prayer' inspires me
to want to pray more deeply.
is a truly gifted artist whose talent has the ablility to
change lives. I hope to see her work become more available
Aucoin's creativity brings to life the word among us. Through
Mary's womanhood, she becomes the container for God and through
her outstretched arms welcomes all people to enter into this
container to become life ... I believe in Katie and her creative
Marie Aumand, SCC
Director of Novices, Sisters of Charity
has arrived. She came last night but I did not get
to open the package until this morning. I have to tell
you that each time I looked at her, I found a new radiance
in her face. It has been amazing for me to see and
see again. I just love her full breasts and big belly,
so different from the petite young girl in blue and white. When
I saw myself in the mirror this morning, I appreciated my
own hair that is long and wavy. How bold and daring
she is to stand in prayer with her veil not covering the
top of her head. I just love it!"
Ft. Collins, CO
and joy! I look forward to the arrival of Mother of Jesus
at Prayer. I will indeed pass on your message to all others.
You are doing great work ... keep it up!"
want to thank you so much for creating the beautiful statue
of the Blessed Mother as she was waiting the birth of Jesus. I
kiss her tummy every day and pray for the end of abortion. She
gives me great peace. God bless you and your work."
Aucoin's sculpture of Mary and Elizabeth ('The Visitation')
never even made it to our gift shop, as had been intended.
The administrative staff was so taken with it - the detail,
the realistic expressions on both the women's faces (wonder
on Elizabeth's, joy on Mary's) - that we purchased it on
the spot for our retreat center.
Several of our retreat groups
have borrowed the sculpture, displaying it at liturgies or
meeting. One local church even borrowed it on more than one
occasion to stand in front of the altar for a healing service.
The 'Visitation' is a treasured work of art at Mariandale Center."
Director of Contracted Services
Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
Ossining, New York
- Your wonderful 'Visitation' is now gracing my office. I
have been very remiss in getting to you, firstly to say thank
you and wow!!!
you and keep up the wonderful ministry ... Blessings ...
your artistic gift is now a gift to us."
Nova Scotia, Canada
arrived the end of last week ... I had a meeting at my house
over the weekend, where 'Miriam' was well admired. Everyone
loved her! I'm so glad I found her! Keep dancing!"
weeks ago I walked into the gift shop at Mariandale. One
of the first things my eyes laid sight of was your sculpture
'Miriam the Dancing Prophet' . I immediately fell in love
with it. I knew I wanted it. So, after a time to think about
whether or not I could afford it - I bought it.
used it for a prayer service at my new residence, The IHM
Spiritual Renewal Center. It now sits on my dresser and I
reflect on its meaning for me many times during the course
of the day when I'm there. It is just lovely. Thank you for
sharing your creativity with me.
do I like it so much? #1, I love to dance, and #2, DANCE
is my favorite metaphor for life. So your sculpture touches
something deep within me.
Marie Aumand was with me when I first saw it ... Perhaps
you know we continue to go to Mariandale every month for
Marie Mozzachio, IHM
is wonderful! Such passion! What a feminine icon!"
Christiano, Director of Ministry of the Arts
Sisters of St. Joseph
LaGrange Park, IL
"I have received and been praying with 'The Good Shepherd' for awhile and it has become such a special piece of art to me. It's amazing how spending time with it calms my spirit and depending on what I may be dealing with in life, I find myself relating to one of the three sheep. Sometimes I feel like the one looking up for guidance on some issue. During stressful times I relate to the sheep being carried in the arms of Jesus. Otherwise I relate to the one with the Shepherd walking right along the path with her. There are so many other examples I could share.
I will treasure this beautiful piece always and I'm so grateful that you share your God given talent with us.
Thank you Sister Kathleen."
Becky Shaffer, Pastoral Associate
St. Matthew Catholic Parish
was lovely meeting you; I've admired your work for such a
long time. And how happy we are to have your 'Good Shepherd'
statue. Everytime I place one somewhere around the retreat
house it creates a sacred space."
Mariandale Retreat House
Hope Gift Shop
showed me her statue of the 'Good Shepherd' on Thursday before
we went to the funeral of a friend. And as God would have
it, the homily-eulogy was on the Good Shepherd and his search
for his lost sheep. The decedent had been searching for God
for many years and when she found Him she realized that He
had been searching for her and that He had always been with
her. This statue will always have a special meaning for me."
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Kathleen - I'm so happy I was able to purchase the 'Student
Nurse' for my dear friend Marie Steward, who will celebrate
her 78th birthday on Saturday. She was my Guardian
Angel after lung cancer surgery in late March. Praise
be to God, it was early stage and I'm fine. I've have
my statue for quite a few years and love it. You work
is extraordinary. Thank you."
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"Hi Sr. Katie,
Thanks so much for your prompt attention! ... Your work really touched my soul. I have a ministry as a spiritual director, usually with women and ministers, and I plan to add this piece to my sacred space.
"I received a wonderfull gift Women in the Hand. It is giving me comfort in a difficult time. Reflecting upon it has made rest in His hand."