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St. Norbert College to present "God's Communities and Their Artists"

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From St. Norbert College, September 17, 2013
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College will present "God's Communities and Their Artists" as part of the "For the Word of God is Living and Alive" art and music series. The lecture will take place on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater, located in the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Rev. Andrew Ciferni, director of the Center for Norbertine Studies at St. Norbert, will present the lecture, which was originally written for and delivered at a symposium on Spirituality in Contemporary Art on October 18, 2011, (the Feast of St. Luke, patron of artists) in Florence, Italy. Fr. Ciferni's presentation will propose that the acquisition of art by religious communities is an expression of the charism of the religious community, especially when the art is commissioned by the community and is in dialogue with the artist.

Fr. Ciferni's examples will draw from a 12th century Norbertine Bible, a fresco attributed to Fra. Angelico in the Dominican priory of San Marco in Florence, Italy, a work commissioned by Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pa. and an illumination from the Collegeville Bible.

For more information, visit or call the Center for Norbertine Studies at 920-403-3919.

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