VISIONS Series Begins December 13

Monthly presentations look at inspiring art, architecture and history

Saint Philip Parish is proud to announce the start of a new educational program titled VISIONS. Produced by parishioner Andrew Zwerneman and the team at Cana Academy, VISIONS is a series of monthly presentations on inspiring art, architecture and history.

Sessions will be held after the 9am in room 2.

Some of the topics include the paintings of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Chagall; the architecture of the cathedrals in Chartres and Florence; the transformation of a World War II POW camp by Christians, the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland, and the day that Rostropovich performed Bach’s Cello Suites at the Berlin Wall.

  • The inaugural presentation December 13 is titled: Ivan Meštrovic: Song & Prayer Sculpted in Stone

Ivan Meštrović was one of the world’s most renowned artists in the first half of the 20th century. Born in 1888 in Catholic Croatia, and raised in a poor, working class family, he was apprenticed as a boy to a stone mason. As a teenager he made his way to Vienna where he studied sculpture and quickly rose to prominence. Auguste Rodin called him “the greatest phenomenon of his time.”

He was the first living artist to have an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. During World War II, Meštrović was imprisoned by Croatia’s fascist regime when he refused Hitler’s invitation to stage an exhibit. The Vatican negotiated his release and brought him to Rome where he worked on the Pieta pictured here:

He lived his final years working in America. Among the sites that Meštrović’s works adorn are civic monuments in Croatia, the entrance to Grant Park in Chicago, the Croatian embassy in Washington, and the campus grounds and basilica of the University of Notre Dame.

VISIONS was designed for our seniors, but anyone is welcome to attend. Each event is held on a Thursday, from 9:45 to 11:00 just after the 9:00 Mass, and will take place in Room 2.


VISIONS Thursfays Schedule

  • December 13, 2018
  • January 17, 2019
  • February 21, 2019
  • March 21, 2019
  • April 11, 2019
  • May 16, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • July 18, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • October 17, 2019

Sessions will be held after the 9am Mass in room 2.