In 1980 Mon Bien Aime opened it’s doors with the dream of providing a place where art and faith could meet in inspirational expression. Mon Bien Aime was founded by a Catholic family in Miami. Mon Bien Aime’s family members have been active in the Catholic community for many years. Some of the activities that they have had the honor to contribute to have been: Eucharistic Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Home for Children, Married Couple and Family Ministry, Sports Ministry, Social Ministry, Radio Show Ministry, Third World Assistance and Aid Ministry, etc.
Due to the founders Cuban heritage, they participated in the Feast Day Celebration of Our Lady of Charity event in Miami during it’s first decade. The founder’s mother and sister both created some of the original vestments for the statue of Our Lady of Charity used in the event. Later, Blanco-Ruiz went on to create distinctive artwork using processed materials for Our Lady of Charity. These Artworks of Our Lady of Charity have been taken and remain in various significant Catholic locations of the world such as The Basilica of the Annunciation in The Holy Land in Israel. The project for The Holy Land was inspired by the renounced Franciscan Rev. Father Angel Villaronga. Another location is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Thunderbay, Ontario Canada. The project for Thunder Bay Canada was inspired by the Nights of Columbus.
Our Lady of Charity at The Holy Land (Israel):
This Statuary Artwork of Our Lady of Charity by Blanco-Ruiz was Donated to the Catholic Church and displayed at the Holy Land (Israel).
THE CHAPEL OF OUR LADY
(From the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Thunder Bay, Ontario web site.)
“Mary, the Mother of Christ and the Mother of the Church holds a special place of honor in salvation history. For this reason Catholics and members of many other Christian denominations throughout the world often dedicate chapels and shrines to her within their places of worship. The Cathedral’s Chapel of Our Lady is our own sacred space dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This place of liturgy and prayer was completely redecorated and blessed in 2004 by Bishop Colli. It is separated from the nave of the church by glass walls and has a seating capacity of 60. The marble crucifix over the altar had once been the main crucifix in the Cathedral’s Sanctuary. The Chapel artifacts depict different culturally based versions of the Blessed Mother of God. A Eucharistic theme is featured in the three stained glass windows which illuminate this Special Chapel.”