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News - Jan 2009

Work towards the re-launch of the Radiant Light website

The first draft of the new Radiant Light website will be re-launched in a few weeks at www.radiantlight.org.uk Developments to the website are coming along well.  Since Summer 2008, we have scanned over 1,000 paintings by Elizabeth Wang as high quality scans. She has painted most of these in the past  20 years. The hard work now is putting code numbers on these scans, writing explanatory titles and giving keywords to each picture, to help people search for pictures under many topics.  We would be grateful for prayers for this work. As there are so many pictures newly scanned, we will start by putting the first batch of a few hundred on the first draft of the Radiant Light website, in the next month or so.  It will be possible for people to download these pictures in high quality. There will be no charge for non-commercial users who want to store and print the pictures for personal use or catechesis or evangelization. 

The keywords will make it much easier for teachers, priests, catechists and people at home to search for pictures according to themes (e.g. forgiveness, Mass, saints, charity, Pentecost, Gospel, consecration), and will enable us to create online exhibitions according to subject matter. Eventually we hope to have a list of about 100 main topics which will be similar to the kind of topics you would find in a Catechism index (e.g. Holy Trinity, baptism, love, Church, Blessed Virgin Mary, justice, salvation, prayer, suffering, Holy Spirit, Heaven, grace, hope). If a person clicks on any of these, all of the pictures which are about these topics will appear in an online exhibition.

At the moment the online Art Gallery has about 350 pictures. 30 of these are available as free high quality downloads, but the rest are low quality. We will be replacing all the current pictures with high quality versions, and will also be adding many other pictures.  Eventually these will also include scans of about 200 watercolour pictures which Elizabeth has painted in the past year. Not only will people be able to download these for non-commercial use, but they will be able to copy these images onto MP3 players and mobile phones to view them on the move. It is hoped that this will be a great resource for the Church, a kind of visual catechism for a visual age.



We are sorry to have to share the news that Elizabeth died on Saturday evening, 10th September. 2016 She died peacefully, in her own room at home, with all her immediate family around her bedside. Some of you will have heard that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only three months ago, so the end has come very quickly. It was only six weeks ago that she was on pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and diocese. In many ways the swiftness has been a mercy, and it’s a consolation for all of us that her suffering is now at an end.

We are especially grateful for these last few days. We have had so much time together as a family – talking, listening, praying – and with the four grandchildren constantly running around. Elizabeth was surrounded by so much love, and she gave us so much love, even in her weakness and vulnerability. She has been looked after by many kind people with such tenderness. She received the last sacraments from Stephen, and we were able to celebrate Mass together in her room just a few hours before she died. She was at peace and longing to meet the Lord.

She will be missed so much, but we are full of such gratitude to God for the gift of her life, and for her faith. She had such a love for Christ, for his Church, and for his Blessed Mother Mary, and this has touched us all.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this illness. Please pray for her and for all those who mourn her now, especially our father Kin. Please pray for the continuing work and mission of Radiant Light, which was so close to her heart. With our best wishes and our prayers for you and your intentions.

Fr Stephen Wang, Chris Wang, Mary Figg



The main FUNERAL SERVICE (a Requiem Mass) is on Thursday 22 September at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2BY, followed by the burial at Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JT, followed by a reception (venue to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.

You are also welcome to join us the evening before (Wednesday 21 September) at 7pm at the same church for the RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND VIGIL MASS.

The church is a short walk (8 mins) from Harpenden rail station. For parking: note that after 10.30am you can park on the single yellow lines further up Rothamsted Ave and along Avenue St Nicholas nearby; and there is a public car park on Amenbury Lane 5 mins away.


  • Please bring an alb and a purple chasuble (or stole)


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