The Cross and the Light

On Good Friday in 2000, Kelly Nieto was preparing to enter the Catholic Church. She had never been in a church on a Good Friday, nor prayed a prayer called The Stations of the Cross. During the Second Station, she was overwhelmed with grief and spiritual pain. “When I looked up over the altar, I saw The Cross and the Light, and for the first time in my life, I understood the depth of Jesus’ love and sacrifice. It changed me forever,” Nieto said. “I was inspired to write The Cross and the Light to give millions of other people that same understanding. In addition to raising my five children, this is my life’s mission.“

The Cross and the Light, formerly known as Living Stations, was first produced in 2002 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, Michigan. To bring the story to the masses, Living Faith—Fine Arts Apostolate, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was created. In 2010 it was approved by the USCCB and entered into the Official Catholic Directory. The professionally cast production moved to the iconic Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan, where it attracted over 22,000 people in 2011 and 2012

On Good Friday 2012, twelve years after her first vision, Nieto felt God was using a megaphone in her head and heart, saying “you need to tell the rest of the story!” Two days later, God gave Kelly and her five children a miraculous sign on Easter Sunday morning. She began to write Act 2, the Resurrection to Pentecost, and renamed the production The Cross and the Light. The new show made its theatrical debut at Music Hall–Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit in 2013. Since its inception, almost 70,000 people have experienced this powerful performance in Detroit, Illinois, and Adelaide, Australia