NUNDAY – Sister Hiltrudis Powers, CPPS

Blog Published: January 7, 2012
By Sister Julie

Sister Hiltrudis Powers, CPPSSister Hiltrudis Powers of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, was an amazing nun and artist. She died on December 31 and left a legacy of beauty.

Sister Hiltrudis Powers was well-known for her work painting colorful murals, designing stained-glass windows, and making sculptures, silk-screened banners and other items that decorate churches here and abroad. (source)

She was born in Quincy, Illinois, and belonged to the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri. The sisters are known for their beautiful artwork.

Sister Hiltrudis Powers, CPPSIn 1945, when Sister Powers was 25, the director of the embroidery department died. Sister Powers was named director of what came to be the Ecclesiastical Art Department, and this became her life’s ministry.

She specialized in stained glass, metal and wood. When newly appointed Archbishop Justin Rigali needed a coat of arms, the St. Louis Archdiocese commissioned Sister Powers to design and craft the work in copper and enamel on wood.

Before Vatican II, in 1962, her order’s art department made articles only for Catholic churches. After that, the department began making artworks for other denominations….

Sister Powers designed the miter and stole worn by Pope John Paul II during his visit to St. Louis in 1999, according to the order.

Here is an awesome sampling of Sister Hiltrudis’ work.

Stole for Pope John Paul IIIron works in St. Joseph Chapel in O'Fallon, MO at the Sisters of the Most Precious BloodStained-glass window in St. Joseph's Chapel that Sister Hiltrudis Powers designed and help make.

Archived Comments

marla January 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The artwork is outstanding.

Mary Ellen Andrisin January 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I especially was inspired by Sr. Hiltrudis’ stained glass windows. Thanks for posting a sample of her art to celebrate her life.

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