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Father George Smiga has announced his course title and provided a description:

Miracles, Preaching, and Shipwreck:
Vivid Stories from the Book of Acts
The Book of Acts is the companion volume to the Gospel of Luke. It is filled with dramatic and colorful accounts of the growth of the church after the resurrection of Jesus. Because Acts is not a gospel, it is often overlooked by preachers and students of the Bible. Help us correct this oversight, as we follow Luke’s stirring narrative of the spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Fall Programs 2017

Registration Closed – Uncovering Stories of Faith: The Importance of Spiritual Autobiography

Six Tuesdays, October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | $90
Church of the Gesu
2470 Miramar Boulevard | University Heights 44118

This course will include references from some of the classics, from people like St. Augustine and Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day, and will also deal with the ways we discover God’s grace at each stage of life, along with the importance of narrative for spiritual growth. There will also be an invitation to journal and reflect on your own faith story both privately and in class. Please bring a notebook or a journal.  A text is now required.  Please obtain The Grace in Living: Recognize it; Trust it; Abide in It by Kathleen Dowling Singh.

Wayne Simsic, M.A., received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Franciscan spirituality in Italy. He leads seminars and directs retreats on Franciscan spirituality, and has published Living the Wisdom of St. Francis.

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Registration Closed – Medieval Religious Art: An Artistic & Theological Study of Selected Works at the Cleveland Museum of Art

(including a newly acquired statue of John the Baptist from 1500 AD)


A Saturday Workshop, October 28, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | $40 Lunch Available in the Cafeteria

The Cleveland Museum of Art | Recital Hall
11150 East Boulevard | Cleveland 44106

St. John the Baptist, Jan Crocq

This statue will be one of the works studied at the October 28 workshop at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Each work selected from the Medieval Period will be explored from two points of view: Artistic and Theological. A highlight will be a study of a recent acquisition—a very well-preserved statue of John the Baptist from c. 1500 AD. Register early: because of limited space in the galleries, there is a cap on this course. Instructions, including the schedule and the place to meet will be sent to each registrant.

Stephen Fliegel, M.A.  was born in Rotherham, England and educated in Yorkshire.  In addition to an MA, he received the Museum Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Manchester.  He joined the curatorial staff of CMA in 1982 in the Medieval Art Dept.

George Matejka, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Dept. at Ursuline College, where he teaches bioethics.  He serves on ethics committees of St. Vincent Charity Hospital and the Jennings Center for Older Adults.  He has a strong interest in Animal Rights and has lectured on this subject in Oxford, England, Yale and Michigan State Universities and throughout the Diocese of Cleveland.

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CANCELED – Did Jesus Have to Die?

Four Wednesdays, September 13 to October 4, 2017

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | $60

Ursuline College | Pilla Center, Room 214 A
2550 Lander Road | Pepper Pike 44124