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Catholic painter William Hart McNichols on coming out, AIDS and his artistic vocation

Views William Hart McNichols / September 10, 2022

My experience with AIDS patients was that they felt the adult Jesus was angry or judgmental towards them. So I’d tell them: “Why not hold the Baby Jesus and talk to Him?”

Catholic artist William Hart McNichols on his ministry to H.I.V./AIDS patients

Views William Hart McNichols / September 9, 2022

My first visit to a man dying of AIDS left me staggering onto the streets of New York. He was lying in a bed, visibly emaciated, with his mother on one side of him and his lover on the other. Both were weeping.

Catholic iconographer William Hart McNichols on his spiritual journey through art and literature

Views William Hart McNichols / September 7, 2022

From this journey into gay history, a flood of colored pencil drawings came rushing out of me. I was pouring my soul out and my own healing journey began.