MANITOWOC, Wis. – Brother Seoirse (Murray), a Rassaphore Monk from the Holy Resurrection Monastery in St. Nazianz, will be the featured speaker during the fifth Father Bill Zimmer Forum of the 2018-19 schedule. The discussion, titled “Windows into Heaven: a presentation on the History, Meaning and Spiritual Power of Icons,” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, 2406 S. Alverno Road. The book group, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Endries Family Heritage Room, located on the second floor of the main building on campus.
Brother Seoirse (Murray) was born in 1982 and raised in Belfast, Ireland. He was tonsured a Rassaphore Monk of Holy Resurrection Monastery in April 2016. Brother Seoirse’s professional background is in working with at-risk youth. He holds a diploma in Pastoral Leadership, a Bachelor of Social Science in Community Youth Work and a Bachelor of Divinity. Brother Seoirse was involved in the Catholic Worker movement before he came to the monastery. He is an iconographer and gives talks and retreats on spirituality and the social doctrine of the church and he is the founder and coordinator of the Annual Peace Dinner, which takes place during the USCCB Fall Assembly. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative.
Brother Seoirse will introduce those who attend to the spirituality of sacred icons in the Eastern tradition. He will provide an overview of the historical development of icons in Christian worship across cultures, their theological meaning and the significance of the iconoclastic controversy. This will lay the foundation to appreciate the power of icons as aids in worship and devotion to God and in love for thy neighbor. The presentation will include visual aids, such as icons Brother Seoirse has written and the materials used to write or paint an icon.
The event is sponsored by Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, and the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. No registration is required.