Meet Bro. Mickey
In a nutshell, I paint, write, and tell stories- and then travel all over the place telling the stories behind what I paint and write.
My first formal art lessons were at the Moore College of Art in downtown Philly, my hometown. They had classes for young people on Saturday mornings which I attended through all four years of high school. The real blessings and life lessons I received there were not just about learning how to make art in a variety of techniques and styles, but discovering beauty in and with other kids who did not look like the kids in my white, Catholic, Monday through Friday world. In the beginning, Black, Jewish, Puerto Rican, and Asian teens were as new to me as ink, paint, charcoal, and clay. And I grew to love it all.
After high school, I majored in Art at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and later received an MFA in Painting at the American University in Washington, DC. I enjoyed wonderful art education at both places and am grateful to this day for the many ways in which both schools broadened my horizons and abilities.
For eleven years, I was an associate professor of Studio Art and Art History at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA from where I transitioned in 1994 into working full time as an artist who leads retreats, creates books, and gives presentations. Boy, I didn’t see that coming! But you never know where the Holy Spirit is going to lead you, and Her plans always work out better than anything I could do left to my own devices.
Since 1987, I have taught every summer at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in the Cascade Mountains of Leavenworth, WA which offers week-long classes in any number of art disciplines. Believe me, there are worse ways to spend summer days.
And finally, since 2009, I have lived and worked in Camden, NJ where I have furthered my art education in the context of social justice and finding beauty in the margins.
In 2017, I turned sixty and celebrated forty years as a Religious Brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales- and firmly believe the best is yet to come.
Brother Mickey is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, in the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. Click on their logo to learn more about the work of his religious community, and to access helpful resources.
Brother Mickey often works with and for CRS to raise awareness for the needs of the poor and suffering all over the world. Click on their logo to learn more about how CRS is helping, and how you can support their work as well.
The mission of the Guild is to welcome and inspire all who want to explore the relationships between art, faith, and community. Click on the logo above to find out more about this exceptional place, their work, and other guild masters.
The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis are present in inner city North Minneapolis to “Live Jesus” by being part of this multicultural community—to share prayer, hope, and God’s blessings with the people in our neighborhood, and to receive their blessedness. These, our friends, are drawn into a circle of faith that brings us all to a clearer vision of the face of God.
Sacred Threads is located in Boston, MA, offering spiritual companioning, providing opportunities for women to voice their experiences, to imagine possibilities, & to create pathways that connect more deeply with self, others, creation, and the Holy. Sacred Threads welcomes people of all or no faith tradition! Our Mission is to Nourish, Connect and Inspire Women by weaving spirituality into everyday life.