There are many ways that we all view the Blessed Mother and we want to provide you different perspectives. Depictions of Mary extend to every part of the world. Throughout time, generations of people have created sacred spaces to bring themselves closer to the experience of Mary. Such spaces have taken forms in many dimensions from icons to statues to Basilicas. Devotion to these sacred spaces inspired pilgrimages around the world as people explore Mary’s many local images.
Jill Alexy is a friend of the Patrons and we are pleased to offer an upcoming talk which will render these sacred spaces and local images virtually.
Join us on a pilgrimage with Mary, from Bethlehem to Chicago. We will journey with Mary to five stops, each stop illustrating how the profundity of Catholic veneration for Mary continuously enriches a particular ‘visual theology’ of Christianity. It is this Marian ‘visual theology’ that has helped encourage pilgrim-saints in their pilgrimage from Earth to Heaven, as we hope to follow in the very footsteps of Mary’s son, Jesus the Christ.
Our pilgrimage with Mary will make brief stops at 5 way-stations:
- Salus Populi Romani & the early Christian icon tradition from the Ancient Near East
- Mary in the great mosaics of Ravenna & Late Antiquity
- Mary in the Nativity narratives at the dawn of modernity (Fra Angelico’s Annunciation & Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Magi in Florence)
- Mary on Mission & how Marian images help inspire evangelization & faith in the ‘new worlds’ (Madonna della Strada icon of Jesuit mission tradition)
- Having traveled across the world & across the Ages, Mary arrives in Chicago! She reaches her destination to inspire the pilgrim saints of this land