Kauai Church Orders Mosaic of Mother Marianne Cope

Sister Florence Remata
Sister Florence Remata
Sister Dorothy Santos
Sister Dorothy Santos

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Artists at the Sisters of Sacred Hearts Covenent in Honolulu are putting the finishing touches on a colorful mosaic.

86-year-old Sister Dorothy Santos spent countless hours over the past four months working with tile, colored glass, and smoothe black stones to create the perfect portrait of Mother Marianne Cope.

"The expression on her face shows love and concern and I fell in love with that picture," Santos said.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Mother Marianne's arrival on Molokai to help with patients suffering from Hansen's Disease.

In 2009, she will be considered for sainthood.

"I get up in the morning and I'm so anxious to get to the table and begin again," Santos said. "I really liked working on the background Kalaupapa."

The Immaculate Conception Parish on Kauai raised $2,000 to commission the mosaic, which was drawn by artist Karen Lucas.

"We've had fundraising, we sold malasadas twice and also we've had contributions from the parish," Sister Florence Remata said.

She says the congregation can't wait to see the results.

"I think it's wonderful and beautiful, they did a great job," Remata said.

They will frame the portrait and then the mosaic will be shipped to Kauai this weekend to Immaculate Conception in Lihue for a blessing on January 27.