More sacred art from Daniel Mitsui (Hint: A suggestion and COFFEE!)

Daniel Mitusi occasionally sends me new pieces of art which he has created. This time he sent me his Christo Gloria In Ecclesia.  For his site click HERE

You may recall that his little daughter has spent quite a bit of time in the hospital.  You know what that means.  Thus… visit his site!  Great gifts.

I left the plastic covering on.  Sorry.

As Mitsui explains, ”

The original was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago as a gift for Francis Cardinal George, on the occasion of his golden jubilee of ordination to the priesthood. It is a visual elaboration of his episcopal motto, Christo Gloria in Ecclesia (To Christ be the Glory in the Church).

You can see in it elements important in the life of Cardinal George.  However, here is what I think could be interesting for you.

Perhaps you could commission a work of art for the ordination of a priest or even for a new bishop.  It is ordination season for priests, after all.  People sometimes ask me what to get for newly ordained priests.  Something like this might remind a priest of you, when he sees it, for his whole life as it moves with him to the news walls of each new assignment.

Think about it.

Here is a detail of one the “images” for Christ, the “cornerstone”.





The second thing that Daniel sent is a depiction of the patron saint of …


St. Drogo of Sebourg.

The central image depicts St. Drogo (a.k.a. Druon) of Sebourg, a twelfth century pilgrim, shepherd and hermit. My drawing refers to all three of these stages in his life. In the foreground, I drew him as a youthful pilgrim. The path on which walks leads through a field of sheep in which he appears again as a somewhat older shepherd, and ends at the hermit’s cell built against his parish church where he concluded his life. Thus, the path represents both a literal pilgrimage as well as a figurative pilgrimage through life. Having the saint visible in two different places refers also to his ability to bilocate.

St. Drogo is the patron saint of coffeehouses. In reference to this, I drew the plants that yield coffee, tea, cocoa and vanilla in the ornamental border.


Wouldn’t this look nice in your coffee nook?  Near your machine?  You get the idea.

I think I’ll say a prayer to St. Drogo to help the Wyoming Carmelites with their Mystic Monk Coffee sales!   They are building a new monastery.


And don’t forget Daniel’s spiffy Samurai Archangels!  HERE and HERE

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  1. jasoncpetty says:

    Mitsui is my favorite Catholic artist today. Have wanted some of his stuff for years. Maybe for something really special…..

  2. david s says:

    Back in 2010, Mr Mitsui made a drawing for me to commemorate a special Mass, with prints for a group of participants. After getting a few basic themes to include, he came through with a design even better than I hoped for, and lots of little details–coats of arms, and even the Gregorian notation for one of the chants at the event!
    I treasure the drawing, as do those who received the copies.

  3. Fran says:

    We have 3 framed Mitsui prints in our home and get compliments on them so very often. Such dense, meticulous art he creates.

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