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Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

August 03, 2010

Icon writing, not painting (although writing does mean using a brush, not a pen or pencil), was a summer spiritual experience for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Novices, Temporary Professed Sisters and others. Learn from Community iconographer, Sister Mariella Erdmann, OSF, some basic information about this art form called a  ‘window to heaven’, a way to pray.

Sister Mariella's Icon of Mary and Jesus

Franciscan Iconographer, Sister Mariella Erdmann, OSF, directed Novices and Temporary Professed Sisters and others to write an icon in a summer spiritual experience at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, WI.

This is the first of a series of podcasts in which Sister Mariella and her students contemplate each step in the process of  creating images which are not realistic portraits, but symbolic likenesses of God and the saints attempting to articulate spiritual realities that are inexpressible in words.

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