Sacred artwork commissioned to inspire Catholic families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

“Block print” of a future oil painting by Norman Faucheux. It includes all the power intercessors for dementia.

Artist, Norman Faucheux

Catholics will soon have prayer cards, canvases and votives to imagine four intercessors for their dementia-stricken lives.

The community of people who contribute to the project with prayers, donations and by sharing the campaign will have reason to feel good about their charity, especially during Lent. »

— Matthieu Estrade, Founder

NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA, March 8, 2022 / — Matthew Estrade, gerontologist and author of “The Peace with Dementia Rosary: ​​Education, Intentions, Community,” charged sacred and religious artist Norman Faucheux to create an 18″ x 24″ Oil Painting. The artwork includes four powerful intercessors who can help people with dementia and their caregivers.

Estrade said: “Several years ago I found out that Saint Dymphna is the patron saint of people with brain disorders including dementia, depression, anxiety and other mental issues.” Since publishing this book in 2019, he has created a video podcast on YouTube and iTunes, writes a blog and a weekly newsletter, and is currently adding Patron of the Arts to his list of ways to serve Catholic families affected by dementia.

Dementia is a general term used to describe a group of chronic symptoms which may include memory impairment interfering with daily life, impaired judgment, inability to plan, difficulty with words and communication, disorientation of time and location and other symptoms.

The four intercessors included in the chart will be St. Dymphna and St. John the Evangelist, the patron saint of caregivers/care partners; he took care of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her advanced years. The painting will also spotlight Saint Raphael the Archangel, who cured Tobit of his blindness and protected Tobias on his journey through the Old Testament. And, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, to whom this “ministry of memory disorders” is dedicated.

Norman Faucheux is a sought after artist residing in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He developed his art at LSU and is one of six “Principal Artists” of the St. Louis IX Art Society. A mutual friend suggested that Estrade commission Faucheux for something around dementia. “A year after the suggestion, I approached Norman after the first Saturday Mass in June. Not only did he accept the project immediately, but he also quickly persuaded me to include Saint-Raphaël for his healing graces,” explains Estrade.

Once the oil painting – expected to be in the Renaissance and Baroque styles – is complete, the image will be printed on prayer cards for meditation, canvases to adorn homes and communities of care, and votive candles to turn on. Faucheux said, “It is exciting to think that this commissioned project has the potential to reach parishes and families around the world. So many people are touched by dementia, and this sacred image will offer a physical representation of hope.

To help defray the cost of Faucheux’s commission, Estrade created a crowdfunding campaign. “Most people don’t know where the artwork depicted on their prayer cards came from, let alone have a hand in creating it. The community of people who contribute to the project through prayers, donations and sharing the campaign will have reason to feel good about their charitable work, especially during Lent,” says Estrade. After the completion of the oil painting, the sale of the goods depicting the sacred art will help to support the ministry for many years to come. Everyone is a winner in this project – the families, the contributing patrons, a local sacred artist and the ministry that helps families affected by dementia.

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About the Peace with Dementia Rosary
The Peace with Dementia Rosary is a ministry dedicated to helping families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias find peace and hope through hands-on training in care, local and online community, and traditions and graces of the Roman Catholic Church. It is based in New Orleans, Louisiana, founded by Matthew Estrade.


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