The Stabat Mater Foundation advances the culture of life through prayer and art. It supports artists spiritually through its prayer network, always endeavoring to educate others as to the meaning and importance of the artistic vocation. It connects artists and arts supporters in their common pursuit of the fine arts, especially Catholic religious art. To further this connection, the Stabat Mater Foundation has been founded to develop and host Catholic retreats, seminars, and workshops. The 130-year-old family heritage “Stafford’s Meadow Farm” in hilly, wooded East Texas provides a setting for inspiring agritourism activities that reveal the beauty of nature, the Catholic faith, and timeless fine art.
To fulfill its mission, the Stabat Mater Foundation is faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Stabat Mater Foundation advances the culture of life through prayer and art.
In our times, churches, religious institutions, and the faithful suffer from a lack of great art, a lack of beauty in their surroundings. Though great artists have arisen in our time, many struggle to find adequate patronage to sustain their vocation. Further, many people lack knowledge of the great patrimony of sacred art and its profound history and meaning.
The Stabat Mater Foundation exists to confront this reality. Great art is possible, and should be promoted, cultivated, and shared. To that end, the Stabat Mater Foundation engages in the following:
A prayer apostolate which prays for artists and their patrons
The promotion of Catholic artists and their works through our network
Creating a marketplace for individual artists to gain recognition and new interest in their work
Evangelization activities and catechesis about sacred art
Mentorship and coaching of artists to help them achieve sustainability in their craft
You can discover how many of these goals are achieved through our Stabat Mater Art Fellowship.
Although there are many resources available that can teach us about sacred art, the Stabat Mater Foundation is different because we facilitate the meeting of artist and patron, so as to advance the viability, growth, and ultimate success of the artist’s vocation.
Beauty in our institutions is essential. Through our Foundation, a growing guild of Catholic artists, sustained by a just wage, will see their work beautify and transform churches, homes, and institutions throughout the world.