Touched by Roma Downey in Greenwich

It was an evening of winged creatures – butterflies and angels – as actress/producer Roma Downey came to Greenwich to spread her message of light and gratitude.

The occasion was the launch of her book “Box of Butterflies” (Simon & Shuster) — a vividly illustrated volume that is part memoir, part scrapbook, part collection of poems, Bible passages and reflections – at The Perfect Provenance boutique Tuesday.

“The butterfly has had special significance in my life from the time I was 10 years old and lost my mom,” she told the gathering. “It reminds me of my mom, God and all things good.”

Why would the actress/producer (“Touched by an Angel,” “Son of God,” “The Bible”), who lives in the City of Angels, launch her book here? It’s because Downey and Provenance owner Lisa Lori are both big supporters of Operation Smile, which seeks to eradicate cleft palates – a disfiguring but easily corrected condition – in underserved countries around the world.

Among the attendees were Todd Magee – son of Operation Smile founders Dr. William P. and Kathleen S. Magee – his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters. Todd Magee said that Downey has been a natural ambassador for Operation Smile, to which she was introduced while starring in “Touched by an Angel,” the hit 1990s series.

“Her honesty resonated through that TV series,” Magee said. “She’s a perfect fit. She’s all about the people.”

There will be much more on Downey in WAG’s May “Inspired by Gardens” issue, as nature has played a special role in her life. But in the meantime, Downey wants fans to know about her LightWorkers Media podcast series on the life of Jesus that runs March 13 through April 1 (Easter Sunday) and takes viewers from the baptism of Jesus through his Resurrection.

“It’s a lovely way to get into the Easter season,” she said.

You can find “The Bible”/”Son of God” podcasts through Apple. For more, visit

Georgette Gouveia

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