Venerable François-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận
Former Coadjutor Archbishop of Sài Gòn (now Hồ Chí Minh City), imprisoned for his faith and family connections by the communist government of Vietnam for 13 years after the fall of Sài Gòn. He was released in 1988 but kept under house arrest. He became exiled in 1991 when he was allowed to visit Rome but never to return to Vietnam. He died in Rome in 2002, aged 74. On the fifth anniversary of his death his cause for sainthood was begun. He was named Venerable by Pope Francis on 4 May 2017, the first step on the long road to being made a Saint by the Catholic Church.
This painting was the fruit of listening to the introduction and homily by the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, for the Solemn Pontifical Funeral Mass of George Cardinal Pell (1941–2023) on 2 Feb 2023.
Vincent Cavanagh ~ 3 February 2023
I don’t know if I would dare put this under the inglorious epithet of “New Year’s Resolutions”, this decision was not taken at New Year’s Eve, but it is about the new year of 2023, and I would argue that it is a resolution. Let me elaborate.
Yippee! It's done.
That's right folks! After a month's worth of inking and going cross-eyed at various reference photographs, my 2023 Calendar: WYD Lisbon Fundraising edition is now available to buy. Contact can be made via Email or Facebook Messenger.
Pricings for the calendar are as follows:
WYD Lisbon 2023 and a Calendar.
So, I'm hoping to go to World Youth Day in Lisbon next year (2023) and at the present moment it is almost assuredly going to be a miracle of the Holy Spirit that my local diocese makes it happen/gets us there (long story not worth boring others about).
The pilgrimage route being taken by said diocese is effectively (for this artist at least) a "Grand Tour" through Italy, starting in Venice, then visiting places such as Bologna, Florence and Assisi to name a few, and staying in Rome for 3 nights, before flying to Portugal for the actual beginning of WYD week in Lisbon, at the start of August, 2023.
Yes, I’m finally back on the blog again. For however long that may be.
And the subject that brought not just me but also Bishop Stumbers and the Dean back? Vocations.
So, of all the things I could’ve done on a Saturday, I decide to go on the Great North Walk from Cowan to Brooklyn, Hawkesbury River, NSW.
As I mention in the video, I could not safely film all of it and be able to climb and walk around cliff faces, but hopefully there is still enough to give you a rough idea of what I put myself through on last Saturday (18th June 2022).
Last night (7 June 2022), for the first time ever, my father and I made our way into Sydney (and the cold) for the 2022 VIVID Light Festival. It was certainly an experience, of sorts, but I'll post more about that later. In the mean time, here are some of the pictures that I took of some of the light installations that we saw. Too-da-loo!
~ Vincent Cavanagh, 8 June 2022.
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So last fortnight I did something for the first time that I thought I would never do: I made a #MayThe4th cartoon, featuring Bishop Stumbers.
Yeah, I don’t think there are that many Vulcans in Star Wars somehow. (Wry smile.)
I have painted in a while, but I did thankfully do a small "just for fun" painting on Good Friday (15 April 2022).
It's little scene, set in either the early hours of the morning or before dusk, containing a generic-looking Great Western Railway Pannier Tank engine opposite a British Railways Class 08 Diesel shunter that appears to be having bit of trouble starting up. Note the fireworks coming out the top of it.
On Sunday (13 March 2022) my Instagram account, cavanaghcreative*, was hacked; through my own fault in responding to a message of help from another acquaintance on Instagram and for not seeking proper outside advice (ie. my IT-expert father) as to whether this message was legitimate or not. It almost certainly wasn’t legit.
I don’t know how, but somehow through interacting with the (as yet unknown) hacker gave them a way or permission to kick me out of my own account and change both the phone number, email address and password; and thus, totally remove any future ability on my part to regain the account.
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