This past September, world renowned psychic medium, Maureen Hancock, was invited by Christian de Rezendes to do a benefit for his production company Breaking Branches Productions. The event was held in the lower auditorium of the with great success. At the end of the evening, Hancock was given a private tour of the magnificent frescos at the . After viewing the frescos, hearing the stories behind them and learning of the work that is going on at the to preserve it, Hancock was so moved that she wanted to help.
"When I walked into the church I was blown away and moved to tears,” she said. On Thursday evening, Nov. 10 Hancock will return once again, this time in the upper fresco gallery, beneath the immortalized faces of Woonsocket’s ancestry, to present her program Postcards from Heaven, to benefit the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center.
Chairman Wally Rathbun said “I am both touched and excited that an unexpected stranger would take such a great interest in our organization and its volunteers, who would single-handedly try to raise funds to benefit the Center. I want to applaud Maureen for her efforts and generosity and give her a heartfelt thank you on behalf of everyone here at the.”
If you have never been to the , what Hancock experienced was the largest collection of fresco paintings in North America painted by the Italian artist Guido Nincheri. The is often referred to as “America’s Sistine Chapel” because it is painted in the same style as the famed Michaelangelo ceiling. What sets the paintings apart from so many others is that all of the faces on the ceiling are of actual parishioners and members of the Woonsocket community of the 1940’s. This year, because of the magnificent frescos, the Center was chosen by Yankee Magazine as “Best Attraction in New England.”
Self-described "comedienne medium," Maureen Hancock is a nationally renowned spirit medium, teacher, lecturer, holistic healer, and author of the book, The Medium Next Door - Adventures of a Real Life Ghost Whisperer. Her style is unlike any other medium in that she uses humor to deliver messages and soften even the hardest skeptic. Even more astonishing, she takes on the personality of the deceased providing detailed information — names, dates, and exactly how the person passed. She brings up specific life memories that leave participants laughing and crying.
Hancock has been featured in numerous articles and appears regularly on radio programs around the country. She is the star of the new Style network documentary, “Psychic in Suburbia.”
Aside from her many appearances, Hancock is also a co-founder of “Mission for the Missing,” a nonprofit organization that assists and provides equipment in missing children and adult cases. She also helps in raising funds for many local and national nonprofit organizations.
Through her Postcards from Heaven appearances, Hancock raises funds to help bring children to the United States for greatly needed medical treatment.
Hancock's Nov. 10 performance promises to be a wonderful evening in the Upper Fresco Gallery and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres featuring A Touch of Brass – Lou Borelli on trumpet, Bill Moffett on trumpet, Dick Auger on trombone and Joe Burke on trombone. Postcards from Heaven with Maureen Hancock will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 401-356-0713.