A few weeks ago, Terri and her husband Carlos traveled from Lubbock to Seguin. They left with “Mary Magdalene at the Cross.” Thus ending one chapter of the story “The Cross for The Road to Emmaus.” Terri will present the sculpture for the first time in February 2012 to participants in the Road to Emmaus Retreat. We will of course update this blog with the next chapter of the story.
Thank you, Terri for you are an inspiration and a blessing. May God be with you and the wonderful Carlos.
The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center chose St. Brigid’s Cross for the chapel feeling that any chaplain would do well to model their ministry after the life of St. Brigid. Much like St. Brigid, the chaplain often finds that the most sacred “chapel” is at the bedside of the sick and dying. In those holy moments it is always the chaplain’s desire to bring love, peace and comfort through prayer and faith. In the manner of St. Brigid, Chaplains often share God’s love by reaching out to the poor, to those in need and to those whose hearts are hurting.
Cross of St. Brigid
Commissioned by: Rev. Jeremy Roy
Designed and Created by artist: Marika Bordes
Assisted by: Col. Joe Saenz, USAF, Ret. and Howard Crunk
The road that leads us to this particular cross begins with Bob, Ryan and Dan traveling the backroads for Texas Country Reporter. One day they pay a visit to Marika’s studio in Seguin. From this interview they create and broadcast to a viewership of 1.4 million an Emmy award winning segment, “Carousel of Life.” On a Sunday morning in Lubbock, as Terri and Carlos prepare for church they see and hear a sculptor from Haiti describing her passion for creating wood sculptures. Marika’s sculptures and her words resonate with the couple.
Terri tells her husband that if she receives the call to lead a “Walk to Emmaus” retreat, she will ask Marika to sculpt a cross for the event. Before receiving the call, Terri visits Marika in Seguin. She asks her to make a cross for the “Walk to Emmaus” explaining it is a retreat to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. The cross plays an integral part in retreat ceremonies and rituals. As a lay leader, she is responsible for providing a cross.
Not long after, Marika hears the good news from Terri; she is Lay Director for the Women’s Emmaus Walk.
With ideas from Terri, Marika prepares two concept drawings. One is a hand holding the cross; the other is a hooded figure holding the cross. In both cases, the cross is removable from the figure holding it.
Terri decides on the hooded figure.
Emmaus Cross Drawing 1 Hand
Emmaus Cross Drawing 2 Hooded Figure
The second installment will include photos of the first cuts to make the hooded figure.