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In Honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola



Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as you deserve.” (Prayer for Generosity, St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Japanese Illustration Of St. Ignatius From the artist, Valerie Aurelia





Valerie Aurelia


When I was assigned by the SIIYM to draw an illustration of St. Ignatius as an offering on the Youth Ministry’s 5th anniversary, my first thought was how to represent St. Ignatius in a way that is unique to our parish. Then, I remembered a painting of St. Francis Xavier arriving in Japan done Japanese style. I realized I had never seen any picture of St. Ignatius in such an art style. Being a fan of the Ukiyo-e genre myself, I took the challenge of drawing St. Ignatius of Loyola this way.

I hoped I could introduce more of the Japanese arts to people of various nationalities in our parish. I sometimes forget that I am a parishioner of a Japanese church, because I mainly serve in the International community. Although the original technique uses woodblock prints, I drew this illustration digitally.

Valerie Aurelia is from Indonesia. She is one of the Core members of the St. Ignatius International Youth Ministry and is a cantor in the 4:30 p.m. English Mass. She is currently a college student of visual arts in F. F. Oberlin University Tokyo.


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