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Portraits of Grace: Honoring Heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 14, 2021

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There are moments in life that can be ripe for change and conversion…So many of our nurses, doctors and caregivers paid the price of love, together with priests, and religious and ordinary people whose vocations were service. We return their love by grieving for them and honoring them…They are the saints next door, the antibodies to the virus of indifference. They remind us that our lives are a gift, and we grow by giving of ourselves, not preserving ourselves, but by losing ourselves in service.” –  Pope Francis, November 26, 2020

The gallery hours are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00AM -7:00pM EST
  • Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM EST
  • Closed Mondays

In New York City, we’ve experienced the deadliest disaster in our history in the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. For our reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Sheen Center has created a multi-platform ongoing event to capture the human and the divine present in the pandemic experience in photographic images and video testimonials.

Among those helping the first responders, the doctors and nurses and the other heroes of the pandemic, are the priests, consecrated women and men, and dedicated lay people who have journeyed with their fellow New Yorkers in countless ways, bringing consolation at a time of apparent desolation and above all bringing the Gospel’s message of hope and – over time — the spirit of joyful resilience. These images show the Church’s living witness to the Gospel and among other things celebrate all those who were there to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a people in crisis.

From September 14-October 4, a photo exhibition curated by Jeffrey Bruno will be on display in the Sheen Center gallery. It is made possible by a collaboration with America Media and the National Review Institute’s Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society and the generous support of the Anglosphere Society and the Knights of Columbus.

The photographer and author Susan Sontag observed that all photographs are memento mori. A photograph can show far more eloquently than words, another person’s mortality, vulnerability, and mutability. Photographs can be unique, emotional, and powerful. Furthermore, they have the power to change our world, while also helping us remember what has happened to us.

The images in this exhibition are intended to capture a time when New Yorkers were challenged in ways we never expected, while at the same time showcasing the living witness of the Gospel message in action.

*PLEASE NOTE: Per NYC regulation, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination in order to attend.

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