The Catholic Church is never reduced to the bricks of old and ornate buildings; the dark days of Covid-19 have proven this in a way we have seldom been forced to face. By March 2020, The Archdiocese of New York was confronted with a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions, and New York City and its surrounding areas had become the epicenter of a global pandemic.
With all aspects of this experience in mind, The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is excited and honored to announce a new web-based initiative, ‘Portraits of Grace,
‘ that will celebrate, in photographic images and video testimonials, those heroes from all walks of life who were there to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a people in crisis by demonstrating faith, hope and love in action.
In collaboration with partnering organizations America Media and The National Review and through the generous support of The Anglosphere Society and the Knights of Columbus, The Sheen Center will unveil phase one of this multi-media online exhibit next week, chronicling the Church in New York’s living witness to the Gospel during the pandemic.
“This exhibition shows the beauty, the mission and the heroism of the Catholic faith,” says photographer, Jeffrey Bruno, the exhibition’s curator.
Building on the virtual experience, The Sheen Center is also planning multiple, live events as part of our much-anticipated reopening in the fall. Programs will include a gallery exhibit of select compelling images from the website, a panel discussion and tribute musical and spoken word performances. Stay tuned!