Art and Spirituality of the New Testament: Exploring Betrayal, Mercy and Forgiveness with Sr. Peggy Murphy, O.P.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$90 (includes program materials and lunch)

During this new day-program, we will consider the art and spirituality of two internationally renowned masterpieces (Dutch and Italian). First, we will look at Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son, which the Golden Age painter created at the end of his life.  We will discuss Henri Nouwen’s book of that same title and the painting’s impact on the theologian’s life. Next, we will explore Caravaggio’s The Taking of the Christ; its symbolism and significance. The Scripture discussion, excerpted from the Passion Narratives, will focus on the betrayal and capture of Christ. 

Using art, prayer, conversation, hymn, reflection and/or creative expression, we will explore betrayal, mercy and forgiveness. In doing so, we will experience how art is one of the many wondrous ways in which we can interpret and give expression to Spirit’s movement in our lives and throughout humanity. The program is for people of all faith backgrounds, or none. It is limited to 20 people. 

Peggy Murphy, O.P., is a Dominican Sister who has served as the Chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Division and is a Professor Emerita of World Religions at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York. She is a Certified Presenter of the Centering Prayer Practice and has served as the Co-director of Contemplative Outreach of Orange County, New York.