Spirituality in Everyday Life

Saved by Beauty:
A week with artist-in-residence
Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath, OSFS

October 20-28

Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, is an artist and author of ten books, several winning awards from the Catholic Press Association. A popular presenter nationwide, he speaks on the many deep and playful connections between art and religious faith.

Saved by Beauty
Beauty heals our broken hearts, inspires our dreams, and calms our anxieties. Through Brother Mickey McGrath’s paintings and stories, including stories about Dorothy Day, we’ll discover new ways to pray as well as the beautiful presence of God in the most unexpected faces and places. This session offers a new attitude about grief and troubles and may even lower your blood pressure!  When: Thursday, October 20, 6:30-9pm. 

Sacred Circles and Squares
A day retreat experiencing a new way to pray that is both fun and challenging: coloring! Using simple materials and traditional formats, we will experience how creativity can put us into a peaceful state of meditation. Mandalas are ancient healing circles and quilt squares are traditional means of expressing our inner self and personal symbols. No prior art talent or experience required. Art supplies provided. When: Saturday, October 22, 9am-3pm

Beauty in Black and White
This hands-on workshop will explore the notion that less is more and explore the beauty of the bare basics as an alternative to the divisive, dualistic noise of our world. Using the medium of your choice - charcoal, pencil, or pen and ink - come and see black and white as complements to each other, not antagonists. Find spiritual balance and harmony to soothe your troubles and have fun in the process.I believe that beauty has healing power. The healing power comes through color, shape, symbol and story- each of which is a prayer. ~Brother Mickey

When:  Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-9pm

Cost: $30


Wise and Holy Women
Using his own paintings and stories, Brother Mickey will offer an inspiring and insightful look at creative women wisdom figures spanning generations of church history, each in very troubled times. From Mary and Elizabeth to Kateri Tekakwitha and Thea Bowman, each gives witness to joy and optimism in our own time of crises of faith and identity. They can teach us to live with hope and compassion as we discover a new face of Christ in the margins.

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 10am-3pm"

COST: $45 (includes lunch)

Program participants at Mickey's "Sacred Circles and Squares" retreat on October 22:


More about Mickey: Mickey has created art for many leading Catholic publishers and has been officially designated a “Guild Master” by the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington where he has been a summer faculty member since 1987.  In 2010, his book St. Cecilia’s Orchestra, a collaboration with Alan Hommerding, was awarded a silver medal prize for children’s books on spirituality by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Publisher awards. Mickey was also the 2008 recipient of the Thea Bowman Black Catholic Education Foundation Award. He lives and works in Camden, New Jersey, and his new book on the life and work of Dorothy Day is scheduled for publication this fall.