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


February 23 – April 8, 2018

Patmos Art Center, Community of Jesus
Through Light is an expression of beauty and truth as seen through the eyes of Italian artist, Filippo Rossi and American artist Susan Kanaga, CJ, as they strive to create a material and spiritual balance toward an ecumenical vision.

In their third artistic collaboration, Rossi and Kanaga explore imagery of light within the context of abstract sacred art through their own faith traditions.

39 Anchor Drive, Orleans, MA 02653.
Hours: Thurs-Saturday 11am-3pm. Admission is free
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June 16-26, 2018
Spend a Week in Italy with St. John the Baptist

Barga, Pisa, Siena, Ravenna, Florence
with Msgr. Timothy Verdon, & Fr. Martin Shanon, CJ

Explore themes of Baptism and the life of John the Baptist in the beautiful context of Italy. Visit ancient and medieval sites of baptism throughout Tuscany and Ravenna. Enjoy a retreat in the Tuscan hills and at Villa Via Sacra in Barga, Italy.
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June 4 – September 30, 2017

Villa Via Sacra, Barga, Italy
Works of Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-12:00; 16:00-18:00

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

PARIS May 12 – 13
STRASBOURG May 19 – 20
FLORENCE May 25 – 27

NEW HAVEN, CT October 20-21
ORLEANS, MA 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.

This International Symposium is organized by Msgr Timothy Verdon and hosted by Institut Superieur de Theologie et Art de l’Institut Catholique de Paris, Faculte de Theologie Protestante del’ Universite de Strasbourg,  Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence), Facolta Teologica dell’Italia Centrale, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Community of Jesus.

The final session of this symposium will culminate at the Community of Jesus in Orleans MA, an ecumenical monastery in the Benedictine tradition, known for its commitment to sacred music and art. The session combines academic papers with exhibits and demonstrations of Mosaic, Fresco, Gregorian chant, a fully-staged production of Ralph Vaughan 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
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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.

November 25, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light – The works of Gabriele Wilpers
Patmos Art Center, Community of Jesus
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

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.

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

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

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.

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