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This Old Illustration Is Still Laboring In The Vineyard

March 27, 2019

I’m a long-time supporter of Maryknoll, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society. They send me their magazine
6 times a year.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

I picked up a recent issue, and was shocked (pleasantly) to see one of my illustrations.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Maryknoll Magazine photo program coordinator Missionary Childhood Association Los Angeles archdiocese exhibit using Pope Francis dove campaign poster

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highI did the illustration for the Missionary Childhood Association (a separate organization) back in 2014.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Magdalena Arellano (pictured above) is the MCA’s program coordinator for the Los Angeles diocese. In her article for Maryknoll, she writes:blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Most people have the perception that missionary work
must be done by priests, brothers or sisters traveling
abroad to places where there is poverty and injustice. Although this is one aspect of mission work, there is
another major component many of us don’t think about:
our own call to mission by virtue of our baptism…blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

MCA is one of the Pontifical Mission Societies that make
up the Mission Office. Its primary mission is to foster in children a missionary spirit through prayer, sacrificial giving and mission education. We give our youth the tools
to answer their call to mission by making them aware of
the needs of children in other parts of the world.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highHere’s the illustration. It features a rosary. The 5 decades
of the World Mission Rosary are different colors, each representing different parts of the world.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

That’s Pope Francis releasing a dove, representing the Holy Spirit. Through their prayers and offerings, schoolchildren partner with the Spirit to help other, less fortunate children.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Missionary Childhood Association campaign poster Pope Francis releasing dove Holy Spirit kids helping kids globe world map rosary crucifix

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highHere’s a larger detail image.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 32 pixels highMissionary Childhood Association campaign poster Pope Francis releasing dove Holy Spirit kids helping kids globe world map rosary crucifix

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highOne funny thing: In my original line drawing, I accidentally included one too many beads in the rosary, and had to do some “surgery” to remove it. One of those absurd behind-the-scenes stories– you can read about it here.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. My images are different, like your brand needs to be.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Questions? Send me an email.blank vertical space, 40 pixels highRecommendation testimonial for Mark Armstrong Illustration from Patty Macias, former Director Marketing Promotional Services Missionary Childhood Association Pontifical Mission Societies

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2019 10:00 AM

    I started contributing to Maryknoll after my cousins went to work for them in Guatemala, though I have to say, becoming a donor to any nonprofit has an effect on your mailbox. After I retired, I have cut back my charitable donations and the mail has abated somewhat. 🙂

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    • April 4, 2019 8:22 AM

      Ahoy! Thanks so much for your kind comment, and do forgive this very tardy reply. Nice to meet another Maryknoll supporter, and I had to laugh about the “mailbox effect”– ain’t it the truth! No charitable organization respects its donors’ privacy– they all sell their mailing lists to one another! Understandable on one hand, maddening on the other. Oh, well. Cheers, and many thanks for your kind support!! 😊

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  2. spookster01 permalink
    March 27, 2019 11:36 AM

    A very nice and straight forward, as well as colorful cartoon. It’s nice to see your work floating around out there years later.

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    • April 4, 2019 8:27 AM

      Many thanks, John. Yes, what a pleasant shock to open up the magazine and see that. I must remember to point out to prospective clients that with a little thought and planning, a cartoon or illustration can have a long shelf life, and return enduring value. And knowing you, my friend, is also an enduring value– thanks as always for all your support! 😊

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  3. March 31, 2019 6:29 PM

    What a wonderful surprise! It’s a terrific illustration, so meaningful. Important work, all the way around!
    By the way, I went to the older post – I hope everyone does bec it’s super. 🙂

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    • April 4, 2019 8:39 AM

      Many thanks, my dear RK! Your kind words fall softly on my ears like cherry blossoms– which seems a strange metaphor, but I’m only reporting the situation, I can’t explain it… 👂👂🍒😂

      Thanks for the plug re the older post– I’ve been blogging so long, it may be time to renew my surgeon’s license!! 🔧🔪🔨📝😂

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