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“Grasped by the Holy Spirit” mural


The 50 ft. x 15 ft. painting was photographed in 10 sections with a Sony DSC-F707 digital camera by Richard Schletty. Sectional images were assembled in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 to create the composite image shown above.

A mural at the heart of the new space

The Catholic Spirit

When Holy Spirit parish in St. Paul added a ministry center in 2001, Father Michael Papesh, pastor, wanted the space to reflect the church building across the street. In addition to romanesque-style arches carried over from the church’s design, he commissioned St. Paul artist Richard Schletty to paint a mural depicting the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Project Overview 

A contemporary representation of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Counter-clockwise from upper left: Wisdom • Knowledge • Counsel • Fear of the Lord • Understanding • Fortitude • Piety

Artist: Richard Cecil Schletty    Completed 10/29/2001

Below, left to right, top to bottom: Young girl representing Understanding, closeup of iconic representation of the Holy Spirit, closeup of Professor J. Ebacher representing Knowledge, Archbishop Harry Flynn (part of Piety vignette), closeup of soccer coach and players representing Counsel, and the Saint Paul Cathedral.


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