Jewel of the Islands

The Maria Daulato kei Jisu Na Gone Sau mai Nasareci (Immaculate Maria and Jesus the Child King of Nazareth) is a masterpiece in mosaic depicting Mother Mary and the child Jesus. The magnificent mural is the first of its kind in Fiji and the Pacific, and was created by Fijian artist George Evans.

Commissioned by the Grace Ministry, a group of widows of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart parish in Suva, Fiji, the mosaic has been created as a gift to be presented to the Catholic community in the Holy Land.

The 2.4 x 1.2 metre mosaic was to have been presented by parishioners on a pilgrimage to Israel last year, which was to have been led by His Grace, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. However, the pilgrimage had to be cancelled due to the COVID19 global pandemic and the closure of international borders.

Now this breathtaking work of art now holds pride of place on the main altar of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva, waiting for the appropriate time to make its journey to the Holy Land.

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