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Mother Mary Thomas

Mother Mary Thomas is a nun of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. She and her sisters live in the monastery connected to the Conversion of St. Paul Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, spending much of her time as a nun painting, which is for her a prayer. The fruits of her prayer and effort are then sold to the patron who commissioned her work, as well as sold to the public in the form of relatively smaller posters. This website has been created for the promotion and sale of her work. All the proceeds of these sales go towards the support of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland and the upkeep of their shrine and monastery.

Mother began painting in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her journey to her current religious vocation has taken her through many other places in between: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Duanto Alighiere School in Rome. During her time in Rome she felt the call to the religious life, and has been a Poor Clare ever since. Her painting style is reminiscent of the Mexican muralist movement (after her time in Chicago, she studied under famed Mexican Muralist David Siquieros) as well as stained glass windows, with her use of vibrant color and strong line and shape.

Media coverage

Videos and press articles about Mother Mary Thomas and her work:

Cleveland Nun Paints Prayers in Mural