Art as Prayer is a 2-night silent retreat that explores the use of our God given imagination to create “Holy Reminders.” Holy Reminders are images and icons familiar to our Catholic sensibilities that bring us in the presence of our Lord Jesus. Each participant will create one to two Holy Reminders, made of wood and acrylic paint, over the course of the weekend to take home with them. Participants are encouraged to bring an object of great spiritual significance to incorporate into the art work. Mass will be offered for those interested. Materials will be provided. Space is limited to 15 participants.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
Terresa Ford, MFA, a native of Buffalo, New York, has been painting for forty years. She holds a Master in Fine Arts – Fine Art/Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Fine Art/Painting from the State University of New York at Brockport. She paints as a form of prayer invoking iconic images, black gospel music and traditional spoken prayer to create vibrant “holy reminders” that offer solace and comfort in times of tribulation. She is a graduate intern through the Office of Contextual Education at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is a third-year Master of Divinity candidate, concentrating in Catholic Studies and Chaplaincy. Terresa completed a year-long chaplaincy internship at Lee Arrendale State Prison and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Grady Memorial Hospital.
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