New Initiative!

Each day, I see God in the little things, the beautiful things in life. I see God in the wild flowers on the side of the road, in the weeds growing through the sidewalk cracks, in the birds chirping, the Church bells ringing, the incense during mass, the beautiful sound of music that fills my car on the way to work, the smile of a stranger, and more. I see God everywhere I go and I seek Him daily. Imagery, sound, and artistic expression have been the ways I have encountered God the most. Through all of this, I have come to realize my love for Sacred Art.

A little while ago, my fiancé (shoutout to the very best) sent me a link to a master’s program in Sacred Art at Pontifex University. The program is relatively new and focuses on beauty. When I read about it, I was captivated and honestly couldn’t imagine a program that would fit me better; either way, I pushed it to the back of my mind because I knew we couldn’t afford it. Months later, I was praying about spiritual reading and what I should read next, and I found myself back on the Pontifex University website looking at the courses and trying to figure out which books are in the curriculum. I asked myself what was holding me back from enrolling into the program and the answer was clear: funding. The program in totality costs $10,000.

At first, I felt discouraged. How would I ever be able to afford that? And then it came to me: I would raise the funds through sacred art and my love for photography. I plan to make myself available as a photographer to serve others, I will make Catholic art, offer prints of my photography, and hold sacred art workshops. While there will not be set prices, there are suggested donations along with the break down for each course cost. I would like to thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Additionally, I am located in Bloomington, IN, but am more than willing to travel.

Below is a list of the curriculum and the cost of each course. I would so appreciate your supporting a portion of a class or an entire class.

  • Scripture: The Old Testament in Words and Images
    • $900
  • Scripture: The New Testament in Words and Images
    • $900
  • The Bible and the Liturgy
    • $900
  • A Survey of the Philosophy of Beauty, Truth and Goodness, from the Ancient Greeks to the Present Day
    • $900
  • The Philosophy of Nature
    • $900
  • A History and Practical Theology of Images
    • $900
  • Sacred Geometry, Sacred Number, Traditional Harmony and Proportion
    • $600
  • Introduction to Sacred Music, with a focus on Latin and Gregorian Chant
    • $300
  • A History of Architectural Design in the West
    • $900
  • Christian Humanism in Contemporary Cinema
    • $300
  • The Spiritual History of English
    • $300
  • Structured Studio Work
    • $900

To accomplish this goal, I will be offering:

  • Photography services
  • Religious Art
  • Photography Prints
  • Sacred Art Workshops

I cannot wait to serve you!

New Photo Collection: A Day in the Life of a Catholic

I am ecstatic to announce my latest photo collection! I will be documenting days in the lives of Catholics and it will be a series that will become a comprehensive snapshot of what a day in the life of a Catholic looks like.

Discerning the vocation God has given you is not an easy task- in fact, it might even be a daunting task. I found myself asking why this is. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I have found my desire to find out more about the different vocations and what they entail.

This photo collection will involve many different Catholics from all the different vocations. The purpose is to show people, through my photography, what it looks like to live out a holy life and what it looks like to actually practice the faith. I’m in the very beginning stages of this series, having only documented two different people’s days; however, I imagine that the main common denominator among all people featured and all vocations across the board will be joy. To practice the Catholic faith and to know, love, and serve the Lord leads directly to the vocation He has called you to, which ultimately will leave you the most joyful and fulfilled.

Please pray for me as I take on this collection. And if you have any interest at all in being featured or would like to recommend someone, please contact me!

Pax et Bonum,

Alyssa

Talking with Br. Leo Maria of the Mother of Mercy

It is always such a joy to speak with brothers. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more: recording this video a year ago in Costa Rica or listening to it over and over and having to cut around his laughs and jokes.

Thanks be to God for the good work the brothers do in Costa Rica (and everywhere they go). They are truly living out the faith in such a beautiful way.

Please consider donating to their next mission in Costa Rica, which will be in the fall of 2017. If you feel called to donate monetarily, please send a check to the address below. If you cannot donate monetarily but have any sacramentals to spare, please send them to the same address! The brothers take multiple suitcases full of rosaries, prayer cards, etc. that they hand out to the people they encounter.

Dave MacDonald
re: COSTA RICA 2017
2200 Lake Avenue, Suite 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Thank you and God bless you.

“Hail, Holy Queen” by the Brothers

One year ago I traveled to Costa Rica with the Franciscan Friars Minor. On our short two weeks there, we helped the Mitchell family who began St. Bryce Missions in their efforts to catechize the indigenous people of Costa Rica. It is a beautiful mission and I will forever be grateful for the blessing of being able to witness/document/aid it.

Disclaimer for this video I put together: videography is not my thing 😛 Photography is my love, but I had this video of the brothers singing/playing this song and I just wanted to use it! I hope you enjoy the video and if you feel called to help the brothers return to Costa Rica in the fall 2017, please send your donation via mail to:

Dave MacDonald
re: COSTA RICA 2017
2200 Lake Avenue, Suite 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Introduction

I’m Alyssa. A follower of Christ, photographer, student, daughter, friend. Most, if not all, of my aspirations in life have been centered on Christ, and this next one is no different. I made this blog for my photography, which is focused on what is good and sacred. Everything I’ve ever learned about photography has led to these collections and I’m so excited! I plan to photograph the sacraments of the Catholic Church and create a photo collection. I’m also looking to make a series on the days in the lives of faithful Catholics. I’m planning these as I go but would love to have you follow along 🙂

Instagram: @alyssamfrancis

Email: alyssamfrancis1226@gmail.comimg_3347-1