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Visiting Artist to Discuss Indigenous Spirituality

by Lore McFadden Oct 7, 2019

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Gambet Center auditorium at DeSales UniversityBro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS , and Damian Costello, Ph.D., will present a Salesian Retreat on Black Elk's Gift of Indigenous Spirituality. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. 

McGrath was an associate professor of studio art and art history at DeSales University for 11 years before transitioning in 1994 to working full time as an artist. He leads retreats, creates books, and gives presentations all over the world on many topics related to faith and art. Since 1987, McGrath has taught every summer at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in the Cascade Mountains of Leavenworth, Washington. In 2009, he moved to Camden, N.J., where he has furthered his art education in the context of social justice and finding beauty in the margins. McGrath is currently the visiting artist for the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University where he speaks several times each year on various topics.

Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided and registration is required. Questions can be directed to Lore McFadden at 610.282.1100, ext. 1244,, or visit our website at