Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs will host its annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The free lecture will take place virtually, and will be accessible at ohiodominican.edu/CDS. Members of the ODU community are invited to watch the lecture from the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre in Erskine Hall, located on ODU’s campus.
Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, will present “A Voice of Reform for Our Challenged and Challenging Times.” An oblate of St. Francis de Sales, McGrath is an artist, author, and speaker who explores the relationship between art and faith. His work and ministry have been widely featured in St. Anthony Messenger, USA TODAY, and in many Catholic newspapers across the country.
“The Ohio Dominican community is blessed to have an opportunity to engage with a speaker of Br. Mickey’s caliber as he helps us celebrate St. Catherine of Siena,” said ODU Vice President for Mission & Identity Sr. Diane Traffas, OP. “I look forward to him sharing his insight to help us better understand some of the issues and challenges that St. Catherine faced in the 14th century, which happen to align with many issues that we face today.”
McGrath creates art for many of today’s leading Catholic publishers, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, for whom he has designed posters for Catechetical Sunday, Home Missions Appeal, and National Migration Week. He has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for covers that he has designed for America Magazine.
He has written or co-authored dozens of books, including “Women of Mercy,” “Blessed Art Thou,” and “At the Name of Jesus.” He also has illustrated and written a three-volume series on patron saints, “Patrons and Protectors,” a meditation book, “Journey with Therese Of Lisieux,” as well as children’s books that celebrate art, symbol and faith. In addition to creating artwork, McGrath presents regularly at retreats, schools and national conferences.