The source of making sacred art is the contemplation of Beauty, Goodness and Truth. To this end the Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild offers its members annually 2 day retreats for artists.
Our summer retreat is held at Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C. where Fr. Abbot and our chaplain or other guest priests lead us in prayer, presentations and discussions about the nature of sacred art and its purpose in our culture. We have lively discourses and enjoy a potluck meal as we rest in the natural beauty of the Abbey grounds.
Education is a key component of the Guild’s mandate. We present to various Archdiocesan and parish groups topics on sacred art to develop an understanding of how sacred images are used to proclaim the truth of Sacred Scripture in the light of the Catholic teaching.
Individual members also offer workshop in various disciplines such as gilding, calligraphy, and iconography.
Our ESAG Promotional activities include promoting the Guild through the website, social media and cooperation with other organizations to organize the biennial ESAG Exhibition of Sacred Art. The 2018 Exhibition will celebrate our 15th Anniversary and will be held at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in Vancouver, BC.
Other activities include arranging occasional showcases at Parishes around the Archdiocese.
Program for the 2019-20 Season
St. Helen’s Parish,
3860 Triumph St.,
Burnaby, B.C. V5C 2Y8
Meeting Times: 12:30-3:30 pm sharp
(another group uses the space after us)
Pot Luck Lunch: 12:30 1:00pm
Talk starts at 1:00pm promptly!
(unless otherwise stated)
Meeting dates for 2019-2020 Season
Jan. 11 - Epiphany Feast Day
‘Rescuing the Medieval World’
A lecture by Dr. Timothy Graham of the University of New Mexico.
Conversation to follow.
Feb. 8 - Panel Discussion
With Dr. Bart Begalka (TBC), Ilona Payne, Paul Stilwell and Frank C. Turner (TBC)
Bound to be lively, entertaining and possibly controversial!
Topic: Sacred Art - Why? Influences? Personal style...? Conflict between sacred & secular art? Influences of secular culture...?
Mar. 14 - ‘Catholicism and Beauty’
A Lecture by Bishop Robert Barron.
April 18 - The Making of the St. John’s Bible
“Using tools and materials employed by scribes for thousands of
years Donald Jackson and an international team of artists and
scholars embarked on a monumental seven-year journey: to create
the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the
invention of the printing press.”
May 9. - “Shop Talk and Art Swap Meet”
Artists bring in art equipment and materials to talk about, sell or give away.
June 20, 2020 Annual Day Retreat at Westminster Abbey
With Fr Abbot Braganza, Fr. Lawrence Donnelly.
Archbishop Michael Miller will speak to the Guild.