The “Our Lady of Wilmington” painting recently unveiled by the Diocese of Wilmington was created by Kennett Square artist Neilson Carlin, according to a report from The Dialog.
The idea for the painting came from Father Brian Lewis. He was visiting a priest in the Diocese of Camden when he saw the Our Lady image in the stained-glass windows of the New Jersey church.
“That put a thought in my mind that we should have that in Wilmington,” said Lewis. “We should see Our Lady embracing and protecting the Diocese of Wilmington.”
He brought the idea back to the pilgrimage committee, which chose a painting in lieu of stained glass.
Carlin’s painting shows Mary with the outline of Maryland’s Eastern Shore on one side and Delaware on the other. The 12 stars she is crowned with represent each of the counties in the diocese.
“Mary always brings us closer to her son, and so she’s speaking to us in this painting,” said Lewis.
Read more about the painting from The Dialog here.