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Dedication of Mary mosaic @ SJVCS

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

090924_SJVCS-Dedication-of-Mosaic-of-Mary-02-Bishop-Wenski-and-Mgsr-Michael-CarruthersToday, at St John Vianney College Seminary, was the highly anticipated dedication of the new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea in the one of the chapel gardens around St Raphael ChapelOrlando Bishop Wenski celebrated Mass and the blessing and dedication of the new mosaic.  Artist (and seminarian) Peter Dionne (SJVCS class of 2008) was present along with friend, family and supporters of SJVCS.

Also see picture of mosaic conception through completion and prayer of consecration to Mary.

[these pictures taken by Cliff Whitty, a SJVCS seminarian]

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new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea

September 24, 2009 2 comments

090924_SJVCS-Mosaic-of-Mary-16-AWESOMEFor the last couple of years, Msgr Michael Carruthers (rector of SJVCS) and Peter Dionne (artist & seminarian, SJVCS class of 2008) have been working on a new mosaic to our Blessed Mother for the chapel gardens.  With today’s dedication of the new mosaic to Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea, here are some pictures posted by Fr Michael from mosaic conception through completion.

Wow!  Beautiful!  Surely our Lady is happy.

Also see dedication ceremony here.

Consecration prayer to Mary here.

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Humanities conf

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Tonight, we had our annual Humanities Conference.  Our special guest was Fr Mark, a Dominican priest who teaches at Barry University.  He did a great powerpoint presentation on “Visual Christianity: Interpreting the Theological Tradition.”  Lots of architecture from Revena, Italy as well as Wahaka, Mexico.

Snow White is true?

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

[here’s a weak summary of last week’s Metaphysic class:]

We begin our discovering of truth as young children.  We slowly “unveil” reality through the use of language (from our parents).  We are imbedded in a world that is linguistic always a part of the mystery, filled with presuppositions.

Young Billy starts with purely expressive sounds reacting to the environment around him.  They become discoveries (alitheia) that first identifies each object as a proper noun (ie. Mom, Dad, Spot, Skippy, Lassie, Pluto, etc.).  Over time and experience, the use of metaphors makes common relations to universals (parents, dog, etc.).

The use of stories is also a means of discovering truths.  As in the story of “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs,” the character, actions and reaction in the narrative give insights into universal truths.  The Queen is obsessed with her beauty, is vain, and has much pride.  Her true beauty is represented as a witch.  On the other hand, Snow White is not concerned with pride or vanity, whereby her virtue causes others to love her, like the “humble” little people (dwarfs).  The story reveals that evil cannot kill virtue.  Love is more powerful that hate, while showing the roles of vice, virtue, love.

We hear stories, read them in books, and see them in movies.  Thru stories, we are transported in understanding to something that cannot be seen with the physical eye.  Understanding is a the combination of rationality and good will.  (Augustine calls this understanding the “Inner Teacher.”)

Is the story true?  An adult’s first reaction may be No, because it didn’t happen, at the surface level, with those particular characters in that particular place in that particular way.  But, the story is true, as a narrative medium that has deeper meaning revealing “truth.”  Children who haven’t been told stories when they’re little may have a difficult time reading the Bible.  We learn to discover truth through stories.

All art, at the surface level, is false.  But it allows you to look beyond the surface to discover a deeper truth.  Rhetoric is the use of knowledge (with eloquency) for a moment of insight.  All of these means of story telling, literature, rhetoric, art and music shows how language guides us into truth, through revealing insights, discovery of meanings and universals.

Silence is a moment of pause in language, used to reflect on and understand insight.  We must allow silence to guide us to discover of meanings.

How do we know history?  Through parents, teachers, books, stories, etc.  The past no longer exists, but we reflect on memory and recollection to remember its truths.  Our recollections bring presuppositions that we must learn to identify and remove in order for universal truths to be revealed.  We have “thematic” presuppositions that are explicit and fully conscious of.  We also have “non-thematic” presuppositions that are implicit and ingrained in us that we must learn to identify.  In order to come to real “truth,” we must identify what our “natural standpoint” is, that becomes our reference point, pull of presuppositions, to discover the universals of truth for our lives.

SJV St Raphael Chapel mural

April 17, 2008 3 comments

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAs I start feeling the end of the year coming (2 more weeks), I realized how attached I’ve become to the beautiful mural in our main St Raphael Chapel here at St John Vianney College Seminary.  The mural is done by Gabriel Loire.

I asked a brother seminarian to take a picture and had it blown up to fit in a 16″ x 20″ silver frame so I have it during our summer break.  We had to add a top & bottom border to fit the frame size.  A link to the bigger picture is below if you’d like to make one too.

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLEnlarge picture of Gabriel Liore mural (Sam’s Club):  $7

16″ x 20″ silver frame (Target):  $15

Prayerful meditation on Chapel mural during breaktime:  PRICELESS

 

John De Rosen – polish artist

September 24, 2007 3 comments

John De Rosen, polish mosiac muralistARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — at the end of class, we went to the St Raphael Chapel to view the outdoor mosaic mural by John De Rosen, a polish artist.  His most famous works are at Grace Cathedral (with 8 murals) and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC (with 12 murals).

Our mosaic is themed after the Second Vatican Council in the spirit of ecumenism with Peter (the first pope), surrounded by the 4 churches and includes the bishop coat of arms for Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, and Archbishop Coleman Carroll (who built St John Vinney College Seminary here in Miami, FL, USA).  — beautiful!
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In froht of the mosaic are three porcelains by Rafael Consuegra that represent the 3 Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael here @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL
 “Archangel Gabriel” porcelain by Vincenzo Bianchini @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL, USA “Archangel Michael” porcelain by Vincenzo Bianchini @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL, USA “Archangel Raphael” porcelain by Vincenzo Bianchini @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL, USA

TV — watched the season opener of “Heroes.”