Overseas based Saint Lucians today presented a cheque to the Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Babonneau to help fund a historic project at the church.
The funds were raised by the Babonneau Association in New York.
The money will help with the refurbishment and beautification of the church as part of the 70th anniversary of its construction.
The anniversary will be observed on June 29, 2017.
A major initiative at the church will be the creation of a three dimensional mural by renowned artist – Giovanni St. Omer, who is the son of the late Sir Dunstan St. Omer.
It will be the first solo church mural project by Giovanni and the first mural of it’s kind in Saint Lucia and the region.
Speaking at today’s cheque presentation ceremony, Giovanni St Omer said it was a proud day.
“I started this project with the church a couple months ago and I realised how difficult it was for a small community and a very passionate community to raise the kind of money needed to recreate this pillar of strength that the community needs at this time,” he observed.
He said he was proud of what the Babonneau Association in New York did in making the cheque presentation.
St Omer explained that stained glass designs are very rare and unique.
“The only other ones being done right now is one in Florence – they want to do them but they are so uniquely intricate to create that the designers fall back; they don’t want to take the chance,” he said.
St Omer said he decided to do the project because he realised how special it was to design something for the community of Babonneau.
He said the community and the church have been very supportive.
“This is a very expensive project being done with very little money but a lot of passion,” St Omer declared.
He observed that the project, the only one in the Western hemisphere, is receiving a lot of attention from international groups.
St Omer expressed the hope that when the stained glass mural project is completed, the whole of Saint Lucia, as well as visitors to the Island, would come to see what Babonneau has done.
He spoke of plans to create jobs for young people to help visitors to see what Babonneau is about.
“We are going to create projects from the funding that we get from visitors that come to this country to help the community in one way or another,” the designer disclosed.