When Fr. David Lusson
received a bequest from the estate of Linda Weber one year ago, he
wanted something that would both beautify the interior of St. Ann, and illustrate what kind of an impact a bequest can make.
Since the only evidence of the parishâ€™s patroness was a statue of St. Ann in an alcove, Fr. Lusson hit upon the idea of honoring the patroness in a mural behind the altar.
Fr. Lusson, pastor of St. Ann and clustered parishes St. Anthony Abbot, Cumberland and Sacred Heart of Jesus, Almena, collaborated with Hile to create a new design for the interior and a mural of the parish patroness.
In the process of remodeling the church interior, Hile and Fr. Lusson
discovered two forgotten stained glass windows.
says the redesign, which he
described as â€œa big successâ€ among the parishioners, only cost $1500.
â€œThose were very big visual effects for the money,â€ Fr. Lusson
â€œI got the idea from looking at the pure, blank white wall behind the altar â€" maybe we could do something with the statue of Christ to highlight it,â€ Fr. Lusson
Three years later after the work in Cumberland, Fr. Lusson
hired Hile again to paint a mural in the baptistery of St. Anthony Abbot.
When an unused wheelchair ramp was removed in 2007, Fr. Lusson
hired Hile to restore damaged painting and extend the design in the now open space.
â€œI would hesitate to say, â€˜If you want to renew and revitalize the congregation, paint the church,â€™â€ Fr. Lusson
said, â€œbut it doesnâ€™t hurt.â€