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History of the church

By Staff | Oct 4, 2013

Chris Bieri/PCT In these prints by Catholic artist Gloria Thomas, that were exhibited at Little Flower Church recently, 2,000 years of the Catholic Church’s history is shown in 20 paintings representing each century.

Little Flower Church had a rare opportunity this week to show 20 individual works of art that symbolize the 20 centuries of the Catholic Church’s history.

The exhibit, painted by Catholic artist Gloria Thomas, was displayed in the Little Flower’s basement for a week ending on Oct. 2.

“It belongs to the diocese in Fargo,” said Sr. Jean Louise Schafer. “They are on a rotating tour of parishes. It was in Esmond before, so we get it for this week.”

People who visited the exhibit could either use a booklet to follow the paintings from century to century or listen to an audio copy that guided them through a walking tour.

The pictures displayed many prominent people and times in Catholic history, including Pope John Paul VI and Pope Pius X.

Sr. Schafer said the students next door at Little Flower School took a great interest in the display.

“I’ve had the 5th and 6th graders come over and try to identify the saints,” she said. “The kids have enjoyed it.”

Thomas, who was born in Kentucky in 1945, has a number of public collections in Kentucky and throughout the nation.

She also turned the display into a book, “2000 Years of Christianity,” which was published in 2000.

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