Artist Mary Lou LeFemina Pellegrino talks with pastor Father Thomas W. Hickey about the image of Saint Stephen that she painted for St. Stephen Parish in Hamden.
Father Hickey blessed the painting during a Mass celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 23.
Father Hickey told children of the parish, during the blessing and dedication of the original painting, about Saint Stephen, the first deacon and martyr of the Church, who was stoned to death for his faith.
Mrs. Pellegrino’s grandson, Brett Pellegrino, served as the model for the image of Saint Stephen. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)