World renowned Psychic Medium Maureen Hancock, who is also the author of The Medium Next Door, had an excellent showing for her charity Psychic Medium performance recently at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. This upcoming performance had recently been covered in the Psychic Line News article “Psychic Maureen Hancock Performing In Rhode Island“.
Recently reported by patch.com, t is not often that one has the opportunity to see a Psychic Medium perform in a puportedly haunted former church. It is uncommon to be served beer in a pew while marveling at portraits of your ancestors. It is even rarer to find laughter and fun in the dark subjects of death and loss.
To have the chance to do all of these things while providing needed funding for a valuable local institution is virtually unheard of.
But then, not every place is like St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. The venue, once an ornate Catholic Church, is now the site of a community-based non-profit, and offers the largest collection of fresco paintings in North America. In the 1940s Woonsocket parsioners served as models for Italian artist Guido Nincheri, who used the facility’s walls as his canvass.
Maureen Hancock, the “comedienne medium,” gave a benefit performance for St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center Thursday night, entertaining a crowd of around 250 with her unique delivery of messages from the other side. With an evening that punctuated touching moments with genuine humor, the show proved to be an ideal middle ground for sceptic first-timers to the “medium” experience.
Psychic Maureen Hancock had performed a show at St. Ann last month, and the beauty of the center’s painting’s and fresco’s is what inspired her to return for a charity show to raise funds for the center which she now has a passion for.
The evening began with a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by A Touch of Brass. Small clothed tables created a elegant lounge within the upper fresco gallery of the former church. As Hancock’s performance begin, visitors moved to the church pews, where St. Ann’s voluteer staff continued to serve them from the bar.
“The energy in here is so intense and so powerful,” said Hancock. “This is my first Catholic Church event.”
Hancock began with the story of her journey toward becoming a professional medium. As a toddler, the medium spent three years in a hospital in Boston with lead paint poisoning. When she came back, Hancock says she saw ghosts everywhere.
“I turned it off for most of my life,” she said. During a car accident years later, she heard the voice of her deceased grandmother on impact. The car was crushed and emergency workers were baffled as to how she had escaped with her life. Hancock believes her grandmother helped her.
“After that, I embraced this gift that I believe everyone has. We just ignore it.”
According to the medium, the spirits struggle to get through during her performances, resulting in “double connections,” where several are communicating at once. Audience members were asked to raise their hands if they believed the message she delivered was intended for them.
“I have two husbands here and they’re duking it out,” Hancock said. Groups were pulled to the front to hear messages from their lost loved ones, though frequently, Hancock would stop to acknowledge a message for another audience member.
“Spirits have no etiqutte,” she said. “But they try to let you know they’re OK. They’re not dead; they’re just different.”
“Do you have a dead Ed?” Hancock asked one woman. Although some of Hancock’s observations did not apply to the families she spoke to, others were surprisingly accurate.
“He’s saying ‘my boys,’” she told a young lady who had recently lost a fiance. “Does he have children…? Three boys, maybe?”
“We have two and I’m pregnant, with one on the way,” replied the teary-eyed listener.
To another smiling participant: “Your son could not speak?” Her deceased son, she replied, could not talk because of muscular atrophy.
World renowned Psychic Medium Maureen Hancock will be returning to the St. Anne Arts and Cultural Center on November 10th.
As recently reported by patch.com, the performance by Maureen Hancock is sure to be an exciting one coupled with the beauty of St. Ann.
…Hancock was given a private tour of the magnificent frescos at the Center. After viewing the frescos, hearing the stories behind them and learning of the work that is going on at the Center 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 Center.”
If you have never been to the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, what Hancock experienced was the largest collection of fresco paintings in North America painted by the Italian artist Guido Nincheri. The Center 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.
Psychic Maureen Hancock’s November 10th 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.