CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte artist Chas Fagan had worked with the Knights of Columbus before, so their request wasn't unusual.
The Knights wanted a portrait of Saint Teresa. They gave him a quote to use for inspiration: "joy is strength."
He had no idea his work would end up being 'the portrait' of Saint Teresa used to represent her here on Earth during her canonization service at the Vatican.
"All I was hoping in the end that I'd be able to create an image that would please a lot of people because they'll be putting their own thoughts into it," said Fagan. "It meant a lot for me personally to share in the experience because I was there for the actual canonization. I saw it in action."
Fagan recalls meeting Saint Teresa's best friend, Sister Fredrick, age 100; she told him something he'll never forget.
"She looked up with a huge smile and said, 'She is alive.' That was amazing."
Fagan is perhaps best known in Charlotte for his 'Captain Jack' sculpture outside of CPCC. He says having his work chosen for such a special purpose is truly humbling.
"There's nothing that will match that."
Fagan believes his work will eventually end up in Rome somewhere.
The Pope even tweeted out a picture of the portrait on his Twitter account.
Let us carry Mother Teresa’s smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey. pic.twitter.com/YNGkhd9Z6m— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 4, 2016
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