Saint Barnabas Church is the home of the Shrine to the Saints of Americas. As part of its Millenium Campaign, St. Barnabas commissioned Meltem Aktas to create a series of icon paintings of American saints. Mounted together, these beautiful images form the Shrine. A convert to Catholicism, Turkish born Aktas has embraced the art of iconography as part of our ancient spiritual tradition. The ultimate purpose of the icons is to encounter an invisible God through the image in an ancient form of quiet, meditative prayer.