Campus Ministry is commissioning the creation of a large painting that seeks to tell the story and mission of Seton Hall as it unfolds within the context of the Church and the communion of saints.
Daniel Folta '18, who was previously commissioned for portraits of Gerald Buccino and W. Paul Stillman, will be the painting's artist and will work under the supervision of Fr. Brian Needles, director of campus ministry, to ensure catechetical accuracy.
The painting, a portable mural, will feature more than 20 figures and depict everyday faces on campus such as Father John, Miss Virginia and current students as well as saints such as Mother Seton and Pope John Paul II.
"It's meant to show the communion – the real-life, real-time interaction – of heaven and earth as it plays out on this campus in the lives of our students, staff and faculty," said Folta. "It is a depiction and a call to everyday holiness and charity; a journey to and from the cross in an expression of love and unity that is the brick and mortar of the Church – and Seton Hall."
Preliminary work on the painting has already begun, but the project awaits additional funding for its completion. Folta, who graduated from the Stillman School of Business as a marketing major with a minor in Asian Studies, has postponed his plans for missionary work – likely in the Far East – to work on the portable mural.
"Initially to be housed within Campus Ministry, we envision this painting as a core and timeless part of the campus community," said Fr. Brian Needles. "A chance to show prospective students in one view the mission of Seton Hall and its commitment to empowering our students to succeed in pursuing their passions; a chance to show our students that we are not just another university, but a community of the ages, designed to foster servant leaders who will take their place in the processional that is God's love at work on earth."
Those interested in contributing to the work can contact John Borgese, director of Corporate Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 378-9868.