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Robert Lentz Speaks on Faith and Art, March 29-30

  • Published: February 23, 2012


  • William H. Shannon Chair Lecture Series presents Artist Robert Lentz, O.F.M.
  • March 29th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Otto A. Shults Center Forum

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Contact Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728 or

Robert Lentz Speaks on Faith and Art, March 29-30

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies proudly presents a talk by Robert Lentz, O.F.M. Lentz’s lecture, Christ in the Margins: a Living Tradition of Art, takes place Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Forum of the Otto A. Shults Center. Lentz will also present a second lecture, Global Images of Holiness: Fragments of the Face of God, on Friday, March 30th at 1:30 p.m. in the Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. For further information, contact Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728 or

Artist Robert Lentz is a Franciscan friar of the Holy Name Province stationed at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md. Lentz studied Byzantine iconography as an apprentice of a master painter in a Greek Orthodox monastery founded from Mount Athos. While always striving to remain true to the essence of Byzantine iconography, Lentz adapts traditional conventions in order to inspire Christians today, creating icons of biblical figures, saints, and contemporary models of holiness that portray Christianity as a living and global tradition. Reproductions of his work appear in Christ in the Margins with text by Edwina Gateley (Orbis Books, 2003) and A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God with text by Joan Chittister, O.S.B. (Orbis Books, 1996). Lentz paints, teaches apprentices, writes, and conducts workshops on art and spirituality throughout the United States.

 The theme of this year’s Shannon Lecture Series is Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith, and features four lecturers who have dedicated their lives to combining the arts with their faith. Individual speakers share their creative abilities such as poetry, musical performance, painting, photography, and television and the impact they have had on their faith are explored in this four-part series.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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