What began as a desire by Fr. Donal O'Keeffe, rector of the Columban seminary in Seoul, South Korea, to improve the look of the chapel's metal fire doors, became a beautiful mural of Sts. Peter and Paul thanks to the artistry and inspiration of Columban Fr. Jason Antiquera.
In the videos below, Fr. Donal and Fr. Jason talk about the project and reflect on the finished mural.
Fr. Jason began the project in July 2020 shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began. A gifted artist, Fr. Jason said that painting the mural was challenging. He had to pick a subject and create the design all while taking into consideration the door size, metal surface and "my own preparedness for the artwork."
"God has put this talent in me to serve others," said Fr. Jason. "So even though I felt very much inadequate, I took the risk and trusted the Spirit to guide me."
It took seven months to complete the beautiful mural, rich in symbolism from the colors to the design.
"The mural on the door is an invitation to not only look and appreciate art," said Fr. Jason, "but to enter into it. To participate in this invitation to peace and love together with Peter and Paul who Christ sent to preach the gospel to all nations."
Originally from the Philippines, Columban Fr. Jason Antiquera, is currently working in South Korea.
Fr. Jason Antiquera reflects on creating the mural