Estella Loretto is currently the only Native American woman working in monumental bronze sculpting. She is recognized internationally as one of the finest sculptors living today. Estella’s genuine spiritual nature defines her commitment to integrity and authenticity in her art and in her life.
Estella was commissioned by Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan to create a monumental bronze statue of Saint Kateri, which has welcomed visitors at the entrance to Saint Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM, since 2003.
“…as patron of ecology and the environment, Kateri teaches us how to love and respect the created world and care for it.”
–Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Canada
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was a Catholic American Indian who became known as the Lily of the Mohawks. Under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, she was beatified in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica on 21 October 2012.