December 11, 2023
7:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Advent Evening of Art and Stories with Brother Mickey McGrath

Monday, December 11, 2023
7:30 pm ET | Live on Zoom

Our Lady of Montserrat and Friends:
Madonnas of Color and the Healing Power of Beauty
Art and Stories with Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Join Brother Mickey as he shares his own art and stories in an Advent celebration of Our Lady of Montserrat, her friends Sts. Ignatius and Kateri Tekakwitha, and the unique ability of human creativity to foster peace and reconciliation in every age and culture.

About the Artist

Brother Mickey McGrath is an artist, author, storyteller and retreat director who currently lives and works in Camden, New Jersey. A native of Philadelphia, Br. Mickey has been a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales for 47 years. After receiving his MFA in painting from the American University in Washington, D.C., he worked as a professor of art at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Since 1994, he has been pursuing his ministry of art full time. He has published more than 20 award-winning books has just been received a first place award from the Association of Catholic Publishers and a second place award from the Catholic Media Association for his latest book, “Madonnas of Color.” He travels to conferences and retreat centers throughout the U.S. and Canada in order to share his firm belief that beauty will indeed heal and save our broken world.

For the past 33 years, Br. Mickey has taught and worked at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community devoted to the intersections of art and religious faith in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. In recent years, he has offered webinars and taught graduate spirituality summer classes at Boston College and the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Over the last 10 years, Br. Mickey has had solo exhibits of his work at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore; Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia; the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention center; Villanova University; Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania; the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC; and the Catholic Information Center of Grand Rapids.

Lately, he has been engaged in traveling to universities and other institutions to do murals. Students, teachers and office workers alike all stop by, pick up a paint brush and contribute to the completion of the picture. As the image comes to life, the painters create a special kind of community, and Br. Mickey leaves behind a thing of beauty. His latest mural was just completed at Notre Dame University.

Pope Francis has said that artists are apostles of beauty — and Br. Mickey takes this ministerial role seriously. Art, one of the great gifts of the Holy Spirit, brings us joy and hope in these very broken and disturbing times in history. His faith and philosophy can be wrapped up in this quote from St. Francis de Sales, the patron of his religious community: “We pray best before beauty.”

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