“WE ARE ALL RELATED” is the most fundamental spiritual truth and teaching of the Lakota people. This presentation will look at some positive connections and negative encounters between North American Native Spirituality and European Christian missionary fervor. Through art, story, and historical analysis, we will look at the lives of St. KATERI TEKAKWITHA and Servant of God NICHOLAS BLACK ELK as well as JESUIT missionaries and other saints across time including HILDEGARD OF BINGEN and KATHARINE DREXEL, and see how connected- and disconnected- we really are as one human family.
Nicolas Black Elk
St. Oscar Romero
Sr. Corita Kent
Alfred Delp, S.J.
Sr. Thea Bowman
The Holy Spirit, in all her love and wisdom, and in every age, sends wise and courageous prophets into our world who lead us forward with optimism and hope in the midst of difficult change and distress.
From St. Hildegard of Bingen to Thomas Merton and Pope Francis, and with special focus on the figures seen above, we will look at some saints and prophets of an Ever-New Pentecost.
Bro. Micky McGrath an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, lives and works in Camden, NJ. He is an award winning artist, author, and speaker whose work celebrates the connections between art, beauty, and religious faith. No matter the subject or topic, Bro. Mickey’s work highlights themes of art for meditation; social justice and cultural diversity; and the healing power of beauty in all its forms.
Bro. Mickey currently holds the title of visiting artist at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA. In recent summers, he has taught graduate spirituality classes at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Boston College. He is a Guild Master at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in Leavenworth, WA, where he has taught for thirty-three years.
In the last several years, Bro. Mickey has had solo exhibits at Villanova University (2018); The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City, and Cabrini University in Radnor, PA (both in 2020.)
Bro. Mickey is a popular presenter at conferences and retreats throughout
the US and Canada where he shares his colorful interpretations of Gospel stories and
the lives of saints and prophets from across the ages.
Most recently, Bro. Mickey has been overseeing the creation of murals as communal events incorporating the prayerful nature of art and beauty and their connections to social justice and Catholic social teaching. Some recent projects:
Joseph’s House Homeless Shelter, Camden, NJ
Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Project, Nairobi, Kenya
St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
St. Francis de Sales Parish, New York City
De Sales University, Center Valley, PA: Dorothy Day Student Union building
Bro. Mickey has created paintings for Catholic Relief Services which are featured throughout a video series on Catholic social teaching (CST 101) and has been invited on sketching tours for CRS to Guatemala and Kisumu, Kenya.
Bro. Mickey is the illustrator and author of twenty-one award winning books.
His three most recent published works are:
A HOLY MOSAIC: FAMILY, LOVE AND DIVERSITY, (World Library Pub., 2019) which contains his illuminations of quotes from Pope Francis found mostly in Amoris Laetitia and other sources. This is Bro. Mickey’s third book on Pope Francis.
PRAYER STARTERS (ClearFaith Publications, 2018, 2019) Collections of thirty 5 x 7” cards with illuminated quotes from the four women Doctors of the Church plus Dorothy Day and Sr. Thea Bowman.