Roxbury Nun’s Paintings on Display for First Time Since Surviving Haiti Earthquake

For the first time since Sister Marjorie Raphael returned to her convent in Roxbury shortly after surviving the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, she will have her paintings featured at an art gallery.

For the next two months, the nun’s exhibit “Under the Skies, Four Seasons” – which reflects on many locations she’s lived in or visited including Haiti, Roxbury, Duxbury, British Colombia, and the Catskills in New York – will be on display at the Helen Bumpus Gallery in Duxbury, a coastal town south of Boston where her convent plans to relocate to this year in order to sell their Roxbury location to consolidate their operations.

Two years ago today, Sister Marjorie Raphael was stationed in a convent on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended the already-struggling island nation. An estimated 300,000 people died and tens of thousands of buildings were damaged, including the convent where the nun was living.

After spending a total of 34 years in Haiti caring for and ministering to children and the elderly, the nun returned to the Sister of Saint Margaret’s convent on Highland Park Street in Roxbury shortly after the devastating natural disaster.

The art gallery said in a press release that she “has picked up her brush again with a renewed passion.”

“Sister Marjorie Raphael SSM is painting again after her ordeal in Haiti,” the art gallery said in a statement. “She writes that painting for her is a response of the soul where she can paint to the magic of the snow, autumn leaves, November scapes, and in rare courageous moments, to the wonder of the human face … Her oils depict all her experiences and her love of nature.”

A meet-the-artist reception will be held at the gallery located on the main level of the Duxbury Free Library along Alden Street, on Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

At the event, Sister Marjorie Raphael will talk about her painting experiences, as well as about surviving in the Haiti earthquake. Refreshments will be served. All are invited. For more information, visit

Her exhibit, which debuted Jan. 2, may also be viewed during regular library hours through Feb. 28. [More]