Artist Who Studied at Comboni Seminary Donates Large-Scale Painting
An artist who once studied to be a Comboni Missionary has donated a large-scale painting of Christ cleansing the Temple to the North American headquarters of the missionary society.
Terrence Joyce, who studied at the Anderson Twp., (OH) Center when it was also Sacred Heart Seminary, says he was inspired by the “courageous words and actions” of Pope Francis “challenging governments, financial institutions, churches, and education.”
Christ the Teacher Cleansing the Temple is 78 x 128 inches and took more than 2,250 hours to complete. Among its many figures Joyce included St. Daniel Comboni, Mary, Mother Theresa, St. Francis of Assisi, and many more saints.
Joyce calls the painting “an artistic expression of appreciation to Pope Francis for the hopes of a better life envisioned for those in poverty and the many marginalized by the current world wide dysfunctional systems.”
After studying at the seminary in 1959, Joyce realized he was not called to mission work, but considers his time at the seminary foundational. “The painting is given as well as a personal thanks for the spiritual foundation the members of this order generously instilled in me along with education, food and shelter,” he says.
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Also out of gratitude to the Comboni Missionaries, alumni of Sacred Heart Seminary and friends of the artist contributed support for the materials to create and install the piece.
Born in New York, Joyce learned the art of making frescoes with the Comboni Missionaries and painted numerous pieces for the seminary before leaving to pursue a career in art. His pieces span a variety of subjects but, he says, all have a spiritual dimension. He currently operates a studio in Venice, FL, where he paints canvases and murals, and teaches painting.
Photo courtesy the Comboni Missionaries.
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