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Artist Marirose Jelicich is the designer of the Liturgical Vessels and Processional Sets for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The simple elegance and timelessness of her designs enhances aesthetic awareness in the worshipping Christian community.

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, she began her artistic career in private schools, followed by Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from California State University at Sacramento. She received her ILC Certification from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Institute for Liturgical Consultant. She began her professional career designing and creating jewelry.

Jelicich's first commission began with liturgical vessels for The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California, after she entered a liturgical art exhibit. This was followed by commissions in California for churches in Bakersfield, Vallejo, Sacramento, Oakland, Hayward, Stockton, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Yuba City, Galt, Monterey, Orange, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She also has designed sterling silver objects for prelates in Leven, Belgium, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Phoenix, Arizona.

The artist has received for her work the Bene Award, IFRAA Design of Excellence, and the California State Fair Metal Award. She has been featured in several exhibitions and articles and has been an art instructor in Sacramento and at the University of California at Berkeley.

For the last twenty years she has approached a liturgical vessel design "like a fine, fine, beautiful object, like a piece of jewelry." She believes that with a sense of good design and craftsmanship, her objects should last a lifetime, "passed on from one generation to the next."

Jelicich first began her Cathedral commission by creating exciting, beautiful designs, then adapting those designs to practicality. Each work must be produced by machines and be ergonomic, functional in the hands of those who must carry the processional cross and candles, incense containers, and so forth. She works alone in her studio, but does sub-contracting for various stages of the fabrication.

Jelicich's concept for the Cathedral's appointments was formed by Los Angeles being the City of Angels. "I drew a lot of my inspiration from the Heavenly Beings of Angels," she explains. She hopes people one hundred years from now will see the vessels, torches and cross as "beautiful as they were when they first came into the Cathedral, and that they love them just as much as we do today."

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