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'Rachel' dedicated at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

CEDARBURG, Wisconsin -- A larger-than-life sculpture byCambridge artist Sondra L. Jonson was recently honored by Bishop Donald Hying of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. On July 18, the bishop traveled to St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee, to dedicate Jonson's bronze sculpture "Rachel Weeping for Her Children."


The historic, suburban Milwaukee church chose Jonson's sculpture for its strength of expression, and its balance between ancient and modern dynamics. Jonson's "Rachel" addresses the difficult issue of grief, particularly from the loss of a child including abortion. The artist has depicted the mourning mother with great dignity and stillness, while her pain is articulated in her facial expression, her bowed pose, and the empty blanket she holds in her hands.


"Rachel Weeping" was originally commissioned as an addition to the historic Fatima Shrine in Arapahoe, Nebraska, offering a place to grieve, pray, and heal. The bronze edition was limited to 12 casting. The castings have been acquired by entities as distant as Calgary, Canada, and Long Island, NY, with the small model reaching such unique collections as the Vatican in Italy, the Knights of Columbus Museum in Connecticut, and Sanctuary of Hope Retreat House in Kansas City, KS, plus a number of Nebraska homes, churches and schools, including St. Pat's in McCook. Jonson says she periodically receives letters and phone calls from women whose chance encounter with "Rachel" has helped them through a time of personal heartache.


Friday, August 10, 2012

McCook Gazette

Cambridge artist Sondra Jonson with Bishop Donald Hying of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Photo courtesy of Jim Michaletz


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