Gloriae Dei Cantores Frammenti Art Exhibit -- Filippo Rossi; Susan Kanaga Elements Theatre Company Art Exhibit at San Lorenzo in Florence; Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus Via Sacra Inaugerzione with Cardinal Betori, Mons Verdon, Archbishop Benotto



November 25, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light – The works of Gabriele Wilpers
Patmos Art Center, Community of Jesus
(Please note: The Exhibit will be closed Saturday, December 24th through Wednesday, Jan 4th. It will reopen on Thursday, Jan 5th at 11:00 AM.)
Lux Seminalis, through painting and glass sculpture, opens to what is cracked, burned, and broken, and allows these breaks to let the light in. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a series of windows which were used as studies for an installation of glass — “Stations of the Cross: Windows from the Church of St. Valentin in Limbach/Baden.” Gabriele Wilpers has created numerous exhibitions and projects, including facade and wall designs for both churches and private companies, using a variety of artistic methods in her artworks – painting, installation objects, film, photographs and architectural glass – to reflect and describe human existence. Read More

April 25-29, 2017 Spring Lecture Series and Artists Workshops

Lux Ecclesiae: The Light of the Church  with Msgr. Timothy Verdon
Community of Jesus

Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Canon of the Cathedral of Florence and Director of the Cathedral Museum, will develop themes of seeing as understanding and contemplation of the beatific vision in eight Easter reflections with images.

Discovering Light: The Artist’s Journey
Artist Workshop with Filippo Rossi, Community of Jesus

Artist Filippo Rossi of Florence, Italy will lead the art intensive workshop, which will focus on artistic expression and experimentation working with canvas, cardboard, wood and polystyrene in paintings and/or sculpture. The personal inspiration used to create an individual work will be explored, as will newfound ways of expression through collaboration with other artists on the retreat.

The Arts and Ecumenism: Theology and the Risk of Artistic Creation:
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

MAY — PARIS May 12 – 14;  STRASBOURG May 19 – 21;  FLORENCE May 26 – 28
OCTOBER —  NEW HAVEN October 20-21; COMMUNITY OF JESUS October 27-29

This ecumenical, scholarly and artistic event will focus on the evolving visions and the function of contemporary sacred art in the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions – exploring how the Catholic tradition is being rediscovered and renewed by the Reformed Churches. Presentations will discuss Catholic and Protestant approaches to art through history, theology and liturgical contexts, late 19th to mid-20th century and post Vatican II developments, with specific references about areas of growth and exchange, as seen from both the American and European viewpoints. The European Symposium is organized by Msgr Timothy Verdon and hosted by L’Institut Catholique de Paris, the Protestant Faculty of Theology of the University of Strasbourg, and the Archdiocese of Florence, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

This year of remembrance will culminate at the Community of Jesus in Orleans MA with a “living laboratory”  of exhibits and demonstrations of Mosaic, Fresco, Gregorian chant, a fully-staged production of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ opera The Pilgrim’s Progress adapted from John Bunyan’s famous allegory, and will conclude with Holy Eucharist and an organ concert at the Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA  READ MORE: Symposium 2017


May 19-21; 27 & 28 2016

And the Word was Made Beautiful: International Conference on the historic sculpted ambos of Tuscany — In every period of profound cultural transition, the church has sought new ways to express the stories of Faith. In Tuscany, from the mid-12th to the later 13th centuries, God’s word became visible in a series of sculpted ambos in important urban churches: in Barga, Pisa, Pistoia and Siena. This new phenomenon—the depiction of Gospel scenes in sculpture on the raised platforms from which the Gospel was proclaimed—unfolded in the age of an emerging spirituality typical of the period’s best known religious reformer, Saint Francis of Assisi, as was expressed through Mendicant preaching, poetry and sacred drama. Read More

June 10 – 17, 2016
“Spend a Week in Italy with St. Benedict” Villa Via Sacra, Barga, Italy

Learn about the Life of Saint Benedict and Benedictine Spirituality studying art, his life, and his rule with Timothy Verdon, Notker Wolf, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove at villa Via Sacra in Tuscany, in an atmosphere of monastic hospitality and peace. Includes excursions to Norcia and Subiaco. Sponsored by Mount Tabor Books.

June 19 – September 15, 2016
Villa Via Sacra, Barga, Italy

Works of Gabriele Wilpers
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00-12:00; 16:00-18:00

August 5 – September 30, 2016
Patmos Art Center, Community of Jesus
Presenting the opening of an exhibit by Hawaii born artist Delro Rosco, Longing for Eden is a series inspired by biblical scripture about the Garden of Eden and beauty found and experienced in nature. Delro Rosco’s works are explorations about natural creation, diminishing goodness, and a longing to return to that ideal reality. August 5 through September 30, daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays) 11 AM to 5 PM at Patmos Art Center at the Community of Jesus, 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans. Admission is free.