Peter Lombardi

Goldsmith

Born and raised in Montclair NJ, a cradle catholic, athlete, son of a carpenter and master wood-smith, while his mom was a stay at home mother. Peter’s dad introduced Peter to cutting out and forging metals. Together, this became “their" special hobby. This hobby led to his passion for creating and designing jewelry. 

 

Now 20 years later, the loss of his wife of 35 years, Peter had an epiphany. His journey of witnessing the suffering of his wife and family through her illness led him into a deeper prayer life. This included a devotion to the Blessed Mother and her rosary, giving his life new meaning and, continues to impact his journey every day. Peter’s inspiration and talent along with his partner, Creative Designer, Maryann, and their Artist friend Debra, together, prayerfully decided to put their gifts together designing beautiful jewelry to spread the love and beauty of God.

Debra Classen

Religious Artist

A conversion to the Catholic faith came through the tragic death of Debra's mother. At that time, she had attended one semester of art school in San Francisco, California and knew nothing about the Catholic faith. Eight years later, married and living in Cleveland, Ohio, it was during Lent she was invited, for the first time, to a Catholic Mass. As she gazed upon the crucifix, she was struck by the absolute Beauty of Love revealed to her. Her journey towards healing and her faith have come through twenty years of silent retreats to a monastery, the study of Theology at St. Mary Seminary, the founding of a non-profit ministry, self-taught religious art, and finally the daily prayers of the rosary. 
 

Last year she was commissioned by Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland, Ohio, to paint all twenty mysteries of the rosary for the newly built church offices. It was during this time, a year of significant celebrations and sorrows in her in her personal life, that she began praying the rosary daily. It was also at this time that she met a jeweler--Peter, asking him if he could make her a beautiful rosary to wear as jewelry. As important and as beautiful as her wedding ring, she wears her heirloom piece daily; designed with her own art, to pray through the Blessed Mother to her Son. Wherever she is and whatever life holds, she surrenders to Our Lord in her daily prayers; Thy Will be Done;... knowing that...Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

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