Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
In conjunction with the current Wisdom Ways art exhibit in Carondelet Center, Meeting Mary Again: A Multicultural, Artistic Pilgrimage, join curator Mary Kaye Medinger for an exploration of the role of Mary of Nazareth in Christian spirituality and art and in our own lives.
We will also explore Marian theology, in readings drawing on the expertise of theologians Elizabeth Johnson through her book Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture (Continuum) and Wendy Wright in her book Mary and the Catholic Imagination – Le Point Vierge (Paulist Press).
This program furthers the conversation begun in June offerings, but does not presume attendance at the earlier session!
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Words from the Curator:
Mary Kaye says that, in some mysterious way, her own personal relationship with her namesake precedes her conception. That relationship began to deepen considerably in the early 1980s when a question sprang into her consciousness while attending a Marian May Day procession at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
As a statue of Mary, crowned with flowers, was carried on a platform up the main aisle escorted by Knights of Columbus and surrounded by hundreds of people singing ancient Marian hymns, Mary Kaye wondered in a new way about a question she had lived with all her life – who WAS this young woman who had said yes to God and played a role in changing the course of history? How did she relate to the Great Mother of ancient times? The intervening decades have led her to do research, share questions and insights with thousands of people, and travel on pilgrimage to Marian shrines. The cathedral of Chartres in France, with its hundreds of Marian images, holds a special place in her heart.
As you make your way on your own pilgrimage among these images of Mary, Mary Kaye invites you to pay attention to the questions that spring up inside YOU! Who was the real flesh and blood woman who inspired the artists who created these images? Who was she for you when you were growing up? Who is she for you now?
And consider the questions in gold letters that hang on the wall at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, questions that she is said to have asked of the Indian Juan Diego in 1531: Am I not here, your mother? Are you not under my shadow and my protection? Am I not your source of life? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle where I cross my arms? Who else do you need?
Meeting Mary Again is on display through August 30.
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Facilitator and Curator:
Mary Kaye Medinger is a lifelong educator, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader with a particular interest in women’s spirituality, especially Mariology. A consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, she has spent nearly 40 years in various ministerial positions in parish, diocesan and ecumenical settings.
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