Salesian Center at DeSales to Honor Pope John Paul II on Third Anniversary of His Death With Art Showing and Lecture, Sunday, March 30
To celebrate the life and legacy of the previous pope, the Salesian Center for Faith and
Culture will host the third annual John Paul II Memorial Arts and Culture Series with an art showing and lecture by famed Oblate artist, Michael O'Neill McGrath at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 30, 2008, in the Gerald White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center .
The event is free and open to the public, with space available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Brother McGrath is an artist, writer/author and speaker who explores the relationship between art and faith in his work. Known for his colorful religious art, including posters and illustrations in his books, McGrath has illustrated and written a three-volume series on patron saints and book on meditation.
In 2004, "Blessed Art Thou," a collection of his paintings and essays on the Virgin Mary, was published. Following the books release, 21 of the paintings from "Blessed Art Thou" toured the country with stops at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and Los Angles, Dayton, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
McGrath will bring pieces from that collection to the DeSales event and will speak about the exploration of light and grace through art in the spirit of John Paul II's "letter to artists."
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, today, McGrath lives in Washington, D.C., and is a teacher and director at the Grunewald Guild, an ecumenical art community in Leavenworth, Washington. He is often a presenter at retreats, schools and conferences nationally and in the past several years he has spoken about his own art and the healing power of art in New England, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, among others. He has been the subject of articles in St. Anthony Messenger, USA Today and many newspaper articles around the country. He has created art for the several covers of America magazine and has earned awards by the Catholic Press Association.
McGrath will be on hand after the event to sign copies of his book and prints of his artwork which will be available for purchase. For more information about the art showing and lecture, call the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext.1244. For more information about Michal O'Neill McGrath, visit beestill.org.
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University home page at www.desales.edu.
Press Release: Salesian Center at DeSales to Honor Pope John Paul II on Third Anniversary of His Death With Art Showing and Lecture, Sunday, March 30 | Posted on: 3/19/2008
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu