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Phyllis Martin Day

2017/05/20 @ 8:30 am - 1:15 pm


Wise and Holy Women
with Brother Mickey McGrath

Date: May 20 (Saturday)

Offering: $50 per person


At every presentation, regardless of audience, Mickey invites participants to contemplate the healing power of art and its ability to lead us to light and grace.

Brother Mickey, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, is a popular and engaging presenter who happily travels to conferences, parishes, and retreat centers throughout North America to deliver the good news about deep and often whimsical connections between art and religious faith.  He is the author and illustrator of eleven books, many of which have received awards from Catholic publishing associations. A native of Philadelphia, Brother Mickey currently lives and works in Camden, NJ and is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, a parish within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.

“As St. Francis De Sales used to say, “We pray best before beauty.” Which is why I love art so much.” After making art, my favorite thing to do is to talk about art- especially as it relates to faith and spirituality. I love to share the healing power of art and the hope it brings to weary souls through retreats and presentations in a variety of formats to a wide range of people throughout the country. No matter the theme of my talks, they all are designed to help you discover joy within your heart

Wise & Holy Women

An insightful look at creative women wisdom figures throughout generations of church history. Participants explore the lives of saintly women from scripture until today whose joyful determination can still inspire us.

Using his own paintings and stories, Brother Mickey will offer an inspiring and insightful look at creative women wisdom figures who span the generations of church history, each in troubled times. From Mary and Elizabeth to Kateri Tekakwitha to Thea Bowman and Dorothy Day, we will look at women whose joy and optimism can still inspire us in our own time of crises in faith and identity. They can teach us to live with hope and compassion as we discover a new face of Christ alive in the margins.

Please join us at Daylesford Abbey on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a special program in honor of the late Phyllis Martin, O. Praem.


Phyllis’ legacy especially is one of wisdom as a spiritual director to many and as an oblate of the Norbertine order.  She was an icon of Peace and Social Justice and was a Co-founder of Bethesda Project, that continues to serve the homeless and poor of Philadelphia.   Brother Mickey will stir our senses and help us capture through his unique artwork the lives of Wise and Holy Women in celebration of the life of Phyllis Martin, O. Praem.


8:30 a.m.        Morning Prayer (optional in Divine Word Chapel)

8:55 a.m.        Registration, sign In  and coffee

9:15 a.m.        Welcome/Betty Anne Kenney

9:20 a.m.        Opening Tribute to Phyllis W. Martin

9:45 a.m.        Introduction and First Presentation: Mary & Elizabeth

10:35 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m.      Second Presentation : Dorothy Day

11:30 a.m.      Lunch and Book Sales

12:30 p.m.      Third Session: Thea Bowman and time for Q and A

1:15p.m.         Closing


8:30 am - 1:15 pm
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Daylesford Abbey
220 South Valley Road
Paoli, PA 19301 United States
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