Portrait of Regina Maria, Pope Francis' Mother, presented to him in Rome, 2015 While working on a new series of work based on Our Blessed Mother for another traveling exhibition, I found myself compelled to paint Pope Francis' mother, Regina Maria Sivori. The painting is 8" x 10," oil on canvas, and the title is Regina Maria Did You Know? referencing the song, "Mary Did You Know?" As I painted the portrait of Regina Maria Sivori, I prayed for our Pope and the Catholic Church. The white rose of course represents Mary. Rabbi Abie Ingber gifted this portrait to His Holiness in Vatican City, 2015.
Presidential Citation 2016 "In recognition of her dedication to the mission of the University, the Jesuit network, and the Christian community through her artistic talents and education services, including gifting her Adsum, Contemporary paintings on Ignatian Spirituality to the Center for Mission and Identity.
Xavier University is proud and honored to present alumna Holly Schapker with a Presidential Citation on this day, Monday April 11, 2016."
Fr. Michael's Video Homily Excerpt: World Day of Migrants and Refugees