Welcoming the Pilgrim from the Global South

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Please join us on Thursday, March 22, for our third annual African contextual theology roundtable with Dr. Joseph Alozie.

Respondents include: Khwaka Kukubo, Anthony Ezeonwueme, and Jean Bertin St Louis, SJ

This round-table discussion will take place from 2-4pm in the Jay Boardroom, Toronto School of Theology Building (corner of Queen’s Park and St. Joseph Street).

No registration required. All are welcome to attend and participate!

Co-sponsored by the Toronto School of Theology 

Annunciation – Br. Emmaus O’Herlihy, O.S.B.

The latest work from our Artist in Residence, Br. Emmaus O’Herlihy, will be on exhibit at King’s University College at Western University (London, Ontario) from April 5-6, 2017.

Annunciation - Gabriel Annunciation - Mary

Composed of two separate canvases, the Annunciation diptych will be displayed above two matching doorways in a Roman Catholic chapel in London, Ontario. This explains why both the gaze of the Virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel is directed downwards. The Virgin’s right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing intended for all who move below this image when entering or exiting through the doorway of the chapel. While the figure’s two hands and face compose the painting’s pyramidal composition, the energetic bright yellow paintwork surrounding the Virgin’s head, the most vivid colour in the work, draws the viewer’s attention. Clearly an adaptation of the more traditional circle of light (the halo, common in the iconography of many religions to represent a subject’s holiness), it is used here to accentuate Mary’s response to the angel in terms of her intelligence and willingness to accept God’s will for her (Lk.1:34, 38). At the same time it also alludes to the “tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3) that symbolize the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions. More often associated with depictions of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and Mary at Pentecost in illuminations and sacred art (dating back as far back as the sixth century), this is an appropriate allusion in a work depicting Mary on the occasion of her Annunciation: It is on this day that she is celebrated as the one who will be overpowered by the Holy Spirit and bear the Son of the Most High (Lk.1:31).

Interfaith-Friendship and the Church in Africa: A Contextual Theology Roundtable

Please join us on Thursday, April 20, for our second annual African contextual theology roundtable with Idara Otu.

Respondents include:  Eugene Chianain, CFIC, Pierre Edward Luc, SJ, and Theodore Nnorom, SMMM

This round-table discussion will take place from 2-4pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Boardroom 2, Toronto School of Theology Building (corner of Queen’s Park and St. Joseph Street).

All are welcome to attend and participate!

The Postmodern Gaze: Painting the Prodigal Son, Merciful Father in the Holy Year of Mercy

Print of Emmaus O’Herlihy’s painting Prodigal Son, Merciful Father. The poster promotes his presentation and discussion of the painting in the Holy Year of Mercy.

Designed to celebrate the close of the Holy Year of Mercy, this event features the work of our Artist in Resident, Emmaus O’Herlihy, OSB. Presentation and discussion of Prodigal Son, Merciful Father will take place on December 8, 2016 from 7-8pm at Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre. Reception to follow. All are welcome to attend!