Please join us.
....And as a reminder,
we are hosting
a fantastic icon workshop in Wisconsin link
March 5-6, 2016. The theme this year is Rich In Mercy patterned after the
Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis beginning on Dec. 8, 2015."
A Quad City Sacred Art event. Catholic Post article about the show link.
Guest Speaker March 3rd
From Jill Rodts, artist (her paintings above) and event organizer:
"We have some exciting news to share with you! For our 5th Year Anniversary, we will be having a guest speaker, Fr. Thomas J. Loya, STB., MA, Byzantine priest, iconographer and counselor will present his own journey as an artist and icon writer, the history of icons and the importance of Sacred Images and Icons in the home as family devotions for prayer on Thursday, March 3rd from 7-9 pm.
You won’t want to miss this! ....
Fr. Thomas J Loya, is currently the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL. He is also the host of two radio programs; “Light of the East” which can be heard in more than 60 cities across the United States on several Catholic radio networks including EWTN Radio as well as “A Body of Truth” which is broadcast on an Internet Radio Site – Catholic radio international.
Before entering the seminary Fr. Loya earned a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and pursued a career in commercial art and design. He later completed his studies for the priesthood in both Pennsylvania and Rome where he attended the North American College earning an STB from the Angelicum University. During his time in Rome, Fr. Loya was first exposed to Pope John Paul II’s monumental teaching on the human person when he attended his weekly audiences about The Theology of the Body.
Fr. Loya was ordained in 1982 and later added to his Bachelor of Fine Arts by earning a Masters in Counseling and Human Services in 1993. Fr. Loya has served the Church in youth and young adult ministry as well as an artist and design consultant. He has directed many retreats and has been a guest speaker at several conventions including World Youth Day 2002."