Monday, 26 September 2016

Lectures by Michael D. O'Brien in memory of John Bentley Mays

In loving memory of John Bentley Mays
John Bentley Mays

Two lectures are to be offered by the noted artist and writer
Michael O'Brien on the theme of Mercy, reflections for the Jubilee
Year of Mercy.  The event is sponsored by Regis College and
the Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, OCSP.

Michael D. O'Brien 
Thursday, November 17
Regis College, Queens Park Circle
7:00 p.m. Talk by Michael O’Brien
“The Vocation of a Christian Artist”
A mini art exhibit may be viewed before and after.

Friday, November 18
St. Thomas More / St Vincent de Paul
263 Roncesvalles, Toronto
 6:00 - 7:00 Holy Hour 
7:00 p.m.   Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 
7:30 p.m.  Talk by Michael O'Brien
“Living Mercy in the City”
John Mays had been instrumental in initiating this project and so
it is fitting that the event be dedicated in his memory.

Free registration online at:

Born in Ottawa in 1948, Michael O’Brien is the author of twenty-eight books, notably the novel Father Elijah and eleven other novels, which have been published in fourteen languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals such as Communio, Catholic World Report, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review and others. For seven years he was the editor of the Catholic family magazine, Nazareth Journal.

He has given hundreds of public talks and lectures at universities and churches throughout Europe and North America, and has frequently appeared as a guest on television programs in several nations.

Since 1970 he has also worked as a professional artist and has had more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world.

Michael O’Brien lives near Combermere, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila have six children and nine grandchildren.

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