Two webinars focused on
in the history of Catholic Church teachings and practices
It is crucial in turbulent times such as ours to be mindful of HOPE in the midst of the CHAOS that surrounds us. These webinars will look at some of the ways in which Catholic Church teachings and practices throughout history have approached RACISM and ANTI-SEMITISM right up to the present times.
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.
Susan Kay holds the M.Ed. in Religious Education from Boston College, and for more than 25 years she has served the Archdiocese of Boston as an ecclesial minister. Her roles ranged from parish catechist and DRE to Archdiocesan Assistant Director of Religious Education-Director of Catechetical Ministry and Assistant for Ministry to Regional Bishop John McNamara. An adjunct professor in religious education for the Master’s in Ministry program of St. John’s Seminary, Boston, Susan also serves on various Archdiocesan interreligious and ecumenical initiatives. A religion consultant for William H. Sadlier Publishers, she has advised on the writing and editing of several books, and she has written for national publications. Susan has been named a National Catholic Education Association Catechetical Scholar.