Hunter Rose Signature Collection – Saints Bundle (College Fund Campaign)
Our daughter Cierra has been accepted at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, California. She is planning to take a Bachelors of Science degree in Media Communications, Major in Animation. She became an Oblate in September 2013 after more than a year of training in the Rule of St. Benedict.
We are introducing her sacred art prints for sale in our website. We are offering 7 prints of various saints for only $105. Each of the prints costs $20. Thus, a saving of $35. This will directly go to her college fund so she can attend the above-mentioned university in the FALL of 2015.
This is her open letter to those visiting our website on her calling to pursue evangelization through arts and media communication, specifically, film animation for the Catholic audience.
Dear Cross of St. Benedict Society,
It is our mission as Catholics to reach out to others using the gifts and talents that God has given to us. God has called us amongst His sheep to minister to his people in such a way like no other.
My very call began when I was assisting as a faith formation teacher in my parish for third graders. I loved teaching them about the Catholic faith, especially because of their openness to hear the word of God. During my first year teaching, I saw the innocence of the children increasingly vanished as they were exposed to harmful things- from the public school systems or through the modern technology. I knew that God was calling me to do something about it, but I didn’t know how.
Somewhat later I was blessed to have the opportunity to use my artistic talent in illustrating for two independent publishing companies: CreateSpace and AuthorHouse. This expanded my ability to illustrate for children’s books. I saw that in reaching out to children through my art, my work did so much good for them and it brought a spark of imagination into their lives. After two of my books were published, I decided to create my own website with portfolios of my artwork. This led to writing weekly blogs, much of it from the inspiration I would receive from God.
I was surprised and pleased when throughout the next few months my blog reached over 4,000 views and people were visiting my website in over 30 different countries. I received emails from people I had never met, thanking me for my advice and telling me that I had inspired them to continue pursuing their dreams as a writer or artist. I gave them hope that anyone can make a difference in the world with the help of God and the talents He has blessed them with.
I continued drawing and grew in my talent by trying different mediums of art. But something still was calling me deeper. My interests started to expand and I began to wonder if my talent could ever be used in film animation. What if my art was meant for more than just pages on a book? This has been a constant thought of mine during the past year or so. For this reason, when I began looking into colleges, I was pleased to discover one where I could pursue my dream. Not only would it help me develop my talents but it could also enrich me with the Catholic faith. After going through many colleges, it was John Paul the Great Catholic University that stuck with me.
In St. John Paul’s letter to artists, He invites artists to go deeper into the mystery of the Church and that of man. John Paul goes on to say that our inspiration as artists comes from the very breath of the Holy Spirit. God selected a handful of his people to follow this mission of His – a mission to spread His mighty Glory throughout the world, by being a light in the darkness. One question I ask myself is, how can I spread the glory of God through my art and faith? – I feel that while attending John Paul the Great Catholic University, I will find that answer.
Cierra Hunter Rose Campbell, Oblate of the Benedictines