Our Windows Into Eternity: Praying with Icons

Our Windows Into Eternity: Praying with Icons

You’ve seen iconography, but you may not know it. Discover an ancient & sacred way to pray with your eyes and your spirit through this sacred art. Learn how to “read” an icon and its rich treasury of symbolism that we can apply to our daily lives.

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Prayer, Sacramentals, and Sacred Art

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Who is the Man of the Shroud?

Who is the Man of the Shroud?

The popular Shroud of Turin is the most ancient cloth studied by mankind. This presentation will give you an insight of its origin and the mysterious image of the man on the Shroud. Learn about the Shroud’s journey, history, botanical and scientific evidence, as well as its meaning for us today.

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Evangelization, Jesus, Lent, Sacred Art, Science, and Suffering

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A Spiritual Journey with Sacred Art

A Spiritual Journey with Sacred Art

With our culture becoming more and more visually oriented, an intentional way of guiding ourselves or others to meditate or ponder sacred art is needed now more than ever. Genuine sacred art draws us to adoration and to prayer. Learn a beautiful method called Visio Divina – praying with sacred art.

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Christian Spirituality, Media & Faith, Prayer, and Sacred Art

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Angela Sealana

Angela Sealana

Angela Sealana

From an early age, Angela knew she wanted to apply her talents in teaching and communication for God’s glory. Since 2010, she has facilitated the presentation and promotion of Pilgrim Center of Hope through new and traditional media as Media Coordinator.

Angela knows how to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, applying her professional background in marketing and communications for both non-profit ministries and for-profit businesses. She holds a B.A. in English communication arts, with concentrations in marketing and theology from St. Mary’s University, and has over a decade of experience as an evangelizing catechist for ages 8 through 80+.

After discerning a possible call to religious life, she was surprised by a vocation to marriage. When she is not spending time with her husband and friends, Angela enjoys volunteering with projects promoting dialogue through pop culture.

Specialties
Christian Spirituality, Discernment, Healing, Media & Faith, Prayer, Sacred Art, Saints, Scripture, Suffering, Vocation, and Women



Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox and her husband had a re-awakening of their Catholic faith in the 1980s. While on a trip through the Holy Land, they were directed by a local priest to take a silent walk along the Sea of Galilee. There, Jesus unmistakably spoke to them each.

In September 1986, Tom and Mary Jane Fox left their respective careers in hotel management and the travel industry to work full-time for St. Matthew Catholic Church. For the first seven years, their main ministry was door-to-door home visitation; in the first few years, they visited over 10,000 families. They also helped establish other outreach ministries at St. Matthew.

In 1992, the Foxes led a group of pilgrims in the Holy Land. After escorting them to the airport, they returned to Jerusalem to spend two weeks in a hermitage in the Garden of Gethsemane. In those two weeks of prayer, they discerned that God wanted them to develop a Catholic evangelization ministry. With the help of friends and benefactors, Pilgrim Center of Hope was founded in June of 1993.

Tom was ordained to the permanent Diaconate in August 1988. They became Oblates of the Congregation of St. John in 1991.

Tom and Mary Jane’s mission has included travel to parishes in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and within Texas to give presentations on their ministry experiences, Parish Missions and on Door-to-Door Home Visitation Outreach. In June 1989 and June 1990, they assisted the pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Belize City, Belize, in a parish-wide evangelization effort.

Their ministry of pilgrimages has led them to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Eygpt, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. Their speciality (and dearest to their hearts) is the Holy Land, having traveled there more than 54 times since 1986.

Their ministry work has been featured in five nation-wide Catholic periodicals and on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) show Living His Life Abundantly in 1995 on the video I Am the Bread of Life, produced by Stepstone Productions, Inc. In February 2008, they received the Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) Leadership Award. In March 2011, they received Guadalupe Radio Network‘s ’Pescadores de Hombres‘ (Fishers of Men) Award. They were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in October of 2011. In October 2012, they received the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s “Living Stones Award” on behalf of Pilgrim Center of Hope.

“The call we received from the Lord to serve in the field of Catholic evangelization has been a most enlightening, inspirational and challenging vocation!”

Specialties
Angels, Christian Spirituality, Jesus, Pilgrimage, Practicing Faith, Prayer, Sacred Art, Saints, Virgin Mary, and Women



Debra Garza

Debra Garza

Debra Garza

Debbie Garza is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Leon Springs, and is an experienced Pilgrimage Group Leader with Pilgrim Center of Hope. She has traveled with Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Holy Land, Italy, and Greece. On pilgrimage in Italy, she has spent extensive time in both Rome and Assisi, as well as other holy sites in Turin, Venice, Padua, Siena, and San Giovanni Rotondo.

She has completed the ACTS Spiritual Companion Program at Oblate School of Theology.

She says, “On pilgrimage I know the ears and eyes of my heart have been opened by God’s grace and I’ve experienced the Joy of the Gospel. I am committed to helping other pilgrims experience their personal journey of faith.”

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Sacred Art and Virgin Mary



The Virgin Mary In Sacred Art

The Virgin Mary In Sacred Art

Through images and icons of the Virgin Mary, learn how the Church’s time-honored tradition of revealing the Mysteries of God through Sacred Art speaks to the heart and helps guide souls to holiness and a deeper, personal relationship with God.

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Sacred Art and Virgin Mary

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The Annunciation In Sacred Art

The Annunciation In Sacred Art

Experience the visit of the Archangel Gabriel with the Virgin Mary through Sacred Art, and discover how we can join in her ‘Fiat’ and enthusiastic yes to God’s plan for us, for our families and for the salvation of the world.

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Sacred Art, Virgin Mary, and Vocation

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