2-Night Retreat: Almost Home – Art, Stories and Creative Prayer (Semi-Silent)
April 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - April 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm$350 – $450
Directed by Br. Mickey McGrath
Join Brother Mickey McGrath at Ignatius House, nestled among 20 wooded acres along the Chattahoochee River, for a weekend retreat designed to restore your hope through the healing power of beauty, and revive your faith in our just and loving God. Under the loving guidance of the Black Madonna, the courageous leadership of saintly heroes such as the Venerable Augustus Tolton and servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman, and the creative inspiration of the brilliant Gee’s Bend Quilt Makers, we will discover new meaning in the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos”.
This is a semi-silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. There will be periods of discussion and dialogue as and when shared by the retreat director.
Brother Mickey McGrath is an artist, author, story-teller, and retreat director who currently lives and works in Camden, NJ. A native of Philadelphia, Brother Mickey has been a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales for forty-seven years. After receiving his MFA in Painting from the American University in Washington, DC, he worked as a professor of art at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA. Since 1994, he has been pursuing his ministry of art full time, publishing twenty award-winning books and traveling to conferences and retreat centers throughout the United States and Canada to share his firm belief that beauty will indeed heal and save our broken world. For the past thirty-three years, Bro. 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. He has taught Graduate Spirituality classes at Boston College and the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and 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, PA; and the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC. Within the past ten years. Bro. Mickey has also held the position of Visiting Artist at De Sales University and since the start of the pandemic, he has been posting coloring pages on his Facebook page, and has created two E-coloring books, SAINTS OF COLOR, and HOLY MUSIC MAKERS, intended to give people a chance to quiet the mind and heart for prayer during these difficult days. Pope Francis has said that artists are apostles of beauty- and Bro. 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: “We pray best before beauty.” St. Francis de Sales
Please note the payment options on registration:
-$350, non-refundable and non-transferable, limited to the first 20 spots taken
– $450, subject to our standard payment and cancellation policy
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