Saturday, November 01, 2014

Icons honor queer saints for All Saints Day

“Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus” by Robert Lentz

   Harvey Milk icon by Robert Lentz    Saints Perpetua and Felicity by Robert Lentz  

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Icons of queer saints are available from Favorites of Jesus in Love readers are pictured here for All Saints Day.

Click the images to browse and buy cards, plaques, T-shirts, mugs, candles, and framed prints with these images and many more at  New icons by the same artists are listed at the end of this post.

       Sts. Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz    Sts. Brigid & Darlughdach by Robert Lentz    St. Boris and George by Robert Lentz  

       Jonathan & David by Robert Lentz    Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis by Lewis Williams    St. Wencelaus and Podiven by Lewis Williams
All icons from by Robert Lentz or Lewis Williams

"Daniel in the Lion's Den"
by Lewis Williams

Robert Lentz is a Franciscan friar based in New York. Known for his innovative icons, he was rebuked by the church for making icons of LGBT saints and God as female. Colorado artist Lewis Williams of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) studied with Lentz and has made social justice a theme of his icons.

Lentz and Williams artists created a variety of new icons over the past year, including at least one queer saint: the Biblical prophet Daniel, a eunuch famous for surviving the lion's den. (Click here for more on the queer side of Daniel).

The following icons are so new that I haven't had time to look into whether they qualify as queer. But they do represent the diversity of God's people, so explore for yourself:

New icons by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM

Click the names or visit to view:

Josephine Bakhita (19th century, Sudan)

Katharine Drexel (1858-1935, American)

Faustina Kowalska (20th century, Poland)

Andrew Dung-Lac (1785-1839, Vietnam)

Martin de Porres (1579-1639, Peru)

Pedro Betancur

Toribio Romo

Pio of Pietrelcina (1887 -1968

Simone Weil (1909 -1943, France)

New icons by Lewis Williams, SFO

Daniel in the Lion's Den

Peruvian Nativity

Columba and Ernan (521-597, Ireland)

Christmas Scene: Montrose, Colorado

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