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HARTFORD – Noted international organist Jonathan Dimmock will present “Paris: Between the Wars,” an organ recital, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MANILA, Philippines (CNS) – Pope Francis said his September trip to the U.S. will take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington – where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra – but probably no other stops.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) – Micah Herbst of Sioux City does not have a son on the football team at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School.

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Students represent the Archdiocese of Hartford at the March for Life today on the National Mall.

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MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a crowd of an estimated 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family "against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture."

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MANCHESTER – Hundreds gathered at St. Bridget Parish on Jan. 11 to honor Father Stephen Sledesky, who was recognized as this year’s Archdiocesan Distinguished Elementary School Pastor. The award is presented annually to a pastor who exemplifies leadership, dedication and commitment to Catholic school education.

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FARMINGTON – The campaign for the 2015 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal got off to a rousing start with a reception and dinner for past donors at Farmington Gardens Jan. 9. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair spoke on the theme of this year’s appeal, “Living the Joy of the Gospel.”

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Wilfrid Macena and other members of a Haitian amputee soccer team present Pope Francis with a soccer jersey on Jan. 12, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stands to Mr. Macena’s left.

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HARTFORD – Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell and the late David A. Lentini were recipients of the St. Francis Spirit Award during the annual luncheon meeting of St. Francis Care, parent company of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, at the Connecticut Convention Center Jan. 7.

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Arts-SoapCrossesTwo of Ron Daisomont's Bible-inspired soap sculptures are pictured at left. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

WATERBURY – During his 27 years building Broadway and movie sets, Ron Daisomont learned how to work with wood, metal and a variety of other materials. But with tight deadlines, patience was not his strong suit. "I’d be the guy you’d hear swearing," he said.

Now, he is working with a new material, and he is learning patience. His art is biblical sculpture. His medium: bars of Dial soap.

You might say he has cleaned up his act.

"I used to work for Scenic Technologies, out of New Windsor, N.Y.," he said. "I worked on all the major Broadway shows, including Cats, the original Les Miserables, the original Phantom [of the Opera], and a lot of road shows."

Four years ago, he fell at a train station and fractured several bones. It put him out of commission, and he has had to look for other ways to use his talents. About a year ago, he found a way.

"A friend of mine took a bar of soap and carved a hand. He took another and carved another hand, so he had praying hands," Mr. Daisomont said. "He put them on a base. I said, ‘Gee, I could probably do that.’ So, the next day I actually started carving crosses, and God gave me the name of it: Crosswerks Ministries."

Presumably, God spelled it correctly, but a computer search told Mr. Daisomont that there were some 1,900 companies with "Crossworks" in their names. So he settled on "Crosswerks."

Mr. Daisomont’s soap sculptures range in size from about four inches high and a few ounces in weight to nearly a foot high and weighing about three pounds. Some large pieces give a new meaning to "eight to the bar."

Biblical scenes include King David’s golden harp, for which he uses dental floss for the strings; Noah’s ark, both during the flood and after landing on Mount Ararat; chariots with wheels that actually turn on axles fashioned from pen cartridges; crosses and crucifixes; chalices; gates of Samson; and more.

Does it matter which kind of soap he uses?

"Oh, absolutely, yes. Dial soap. Actually, I tried a few different types. My buddy didn’t really know what kind of soap he used."

Mr. Daisomont discovered that a 3.2-ounce bar of Dial is dryer than most other brands and easier to work with. "I’ll go to a dollar store and buy like 16 bars at a time, three bars for a dollar. Ten days ago I bought 62 bars, and I think I have a dozen left," he said. He saves all his shavings and molds them into tiny swords, helmets, shields and bases for his sculptures.

To join several bars, he will use a carpenter’s lap joint, fit them together, pour hot water over them, drain the water and press the bars together until they are fused.

Among the more than 100 sculptures he has made are about 30 armors of God. "If you look up Ephesians, chapter 6: 10-20, it will tell you all about putting on the armor of God," he said. "I use the breastplate, the shield, the helmet; and then the sword, naturally, is the word of God."

The only paint that he uses is gold paint for the chalices and David’s harp. "Anything that’s brown is instant coffee," he said. Other colors are achieved by shaving colored pencil leads and mixing them with a special floor wax, letting it set, and then applying the mixture with a Q-tip.

Using a few simple tools like an X-ACTO knife, a razor blade, a hacksaw blade and sandpaper, he is able to achieve the look and texture of wood, marble, granite and other materials. But, he doesn’t take credit for it. "It’s all the work of the Holy Spirit," he said.

"I was a carpenter for many years and a certified welder, but I have absolutely zero training in art," he said. "Doing these sculptures is like putting plastic models of cars together, except there are no directions. The Holy Spirit is my directions."

Mr. Daisomont, who attends St. Michael Church in Waterbury, hopes to form a nonprofit organization, build a Web site and sell his sculptures at church bazaars to raise money for Catholic causes. Until then, he is stockpiling his art and selling it piece by piece, starting at $29.95. When a repairman showed up at his home to work on the television, Mr. Daisomont showed him the sculptures in his studio.

"He was here for over an hour," Mr. Daisomont said. "My TV’s still the same."

For more information on Crosswerks Ministries, call Mr. Daisomont at (203) 419-6286.

 

Events Calendar

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St. Mary School, Newington, Michigan City, United States
Saint Mary School in Newington will host several open houses next week for families interested in the [...]
Date :  February 03, 2015
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Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, East Haven, United States
There will be a Mass for people living with breast cancer at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, the feast of St. Agatha, [...]
Date :  February 05, 2015
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Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – Noted international organist Jonathan Dimmock will present “Paris: Between the Wars,” an organ recital, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The program, which is [...]
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Lauralton Hall, Milford CT, Milford, United States
Lauralton Hall will stage “If a Man Answers,” by Richard Morris, at 7:30 Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and [...]
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Sacred Heart Church, Wethersfield
Father William Agyemang will celebrate a healing Mass at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Sacred Heart Church in [...]
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Litchfield, Conn.
LITCHFIELD – A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend is being planned in Litchfield Feb. 6-8. The [...]
Date :  February 06, 2015
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Lauralton Hall, Milford Ct, Milford, United States
Lauralton Hall will stage “If a Man Answers,” by Richard Morris, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2:30 Feb. 8 [...]
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Litchfield, Conn.
LITCHFIELD – A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend is being planned in Litchfield Feb. 6-8. The [...]
Date :  February 07, 2015
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Lauralton Hall, Milford, CT, Milford, United States
Lauralton Hall will stage “If a Man Answers,” by Richard Morris, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the school’s [...]
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Litchfield, Conn.
LITCHFIELD – A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend is being planned in Litchfield Feb. 6-8. The [...]
Date :  February 08, 2015
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My Father's House, Moodus
MOODUS – A healing retreat, “Communion with God,” will be offered from 7 p.m. Feb. 13 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at My Father’s House at 39 N. Moodus Road. It will include the Eucharist, as well as [...]
Date :  February 13, 2015
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La Bella Vista Ponte Club, Waterbury CT, Waterbury, United States
WATERBURY – Sacred Heart High School will hold a tribute in honor of retiring baseball coach Mark Saukas [...]
Date :  February 15, 2015
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Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, Southington, United States
SOUTHINGTON – The Church of St. Dominic will sponsor a men's retreat led by ACTS (Adoration, Theology, [...]
Date :  February 19, 2015
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Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine, Litchfield, United States
A Lenten Day of Recollection titled "Praying Our Broken World: Lessons From Our Lady of Sorrows" will be [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine, Litchfield, United States
A Lenten Day of Recollection titled "Praying Our Broken World: Lessons From Our Lady of Sorrows" will be [...]
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, United States
The Archbishop O’Brien Library and archdiocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministries are teaming up to sponsor a two-part presentation titled “The Emergence of Black Catholic Women and Men in the [...]
Date :  February 21, 2015
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, United States
A film study of "Belle" will be presented from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Caritas Christi Center in [...]
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, United States
Caritas Christi Center's ongoing centering prayer program will continue from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the center. Sister Carolyn Severino, ASCJ, [...]
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Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Enfield, Enfield, United States
The Felician Adult Day Center will have its annual Snowflake Raffle from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield. Baskets will be available for viewing from [...]
Date :  February 28, 2015

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