from ONE

Ethiopia’s Vibrant Sacred Art
by Leah Niederstadt
(From ONE magazine March 2011)
Traditional Orthodox iconography flourishes in Africa

Syria’s Mar Mousa: An Ancient Monastery Restored
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
Constructed in the sixth century, the Mar Mousa Monastery undergoes much-needed restoration and reclaims its identity as a holy site of historical significance.

The Island of St. John
text and photographs by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
A history of the Monastery of St. John on Greece’s most holy isle.

Three Continents, Three Women, One Calling
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1996)
Three women iconographers from Ethiopia, Jerusalem and Boston discuss their philosophy and work in resurrecting sacred art.

Awe, Giddiness and Privation: The Monasteries of Meteora
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1995)
High above the Thessalian Plain, the monasteries of Meteora provide spiritual havens for contemplation and communion.

A Lighthouse in a Turbulent Sea
text by Peg Maron
photos by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1995)
With deep roots in Armenian Christianity, the Mekhitarist Fathers maintain their unique monastery in Venice.

African Zion
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)
A reflection on the significance of Ethiopia’s sacred art.

Stories Washed Away by Time
text and photos by Bruno Pavan
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1994)
Romania’s cultural heritage is just beginning to catch the attention of art lovers around the world. In this article, we will discover how this heritage is fading.

The Art of Pysanky
text by Burnette Grega
photos by John Maio
(From Catholic Near East May 1993)
The origin and history of the Eastern European tradition of decorating Easter Eggs.

Children’s Art for Peace
text by Peg Maron
photos: courtesy, Givat Haviva
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
A children’s art exhibit in New York works toward improving Jewish-Arab relations in the Middle East.

Defining Ukraine
text and photos by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
A reflection on Ukraine: a country in the process of being.

Fresco Facelift in Central Turkey
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
Crumbling frescoes in ancient churches in Turkey receive a long-overdue facelift.

Early Christianity in the Holy Land: An Emerging View
by Father Michele Piccirillo, O.F.M., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Extracts from a lecture delivered at the United Nations May 7 by Father Michele Piccirillo of the Franciscan Biblical Institute.

Preserving Syrian Icons from the Toll of Time and Loving Touches
text and photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
Time and the caresses of the faithful have taken their toll on these unique works of art.

Serbia’s Medieval Monasteries – Beauty Draped in Frescoes
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
The ancient monasteries of Serbia and their historic frescoes preserve a culture and faith buried under centuries of change.

The Splendor of Syrian Handicrafts
text and photos by Habeeb Salloum
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
Ancient techniques and a dedication to their heritage fuels artists of Syrian handicrafts.

The Less Traveled Path of Ossios Loukas
by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
A small Greek monastery on the way to Delphi is an ancient reminder of the life of a devoted monk.

Still a Fortress for Contemplatives
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1986)
An ancient spiritual center and artistic treasure, Batshkovo Monastery is kept alive by Bulgaria’s Orthodox faithful.

A Romanian Renaissance
text and photographs by Andreea Câmpeanu
(From ONE January 2012)
One nun writes a new chapter in the history of iconography

Fulfilling a Tradition
by Jerry Patterson
photos by Jeff Graves
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1985)
St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago undergoes a face-lift.

Meteora: Between Heaven and Earth
text and photos by Margot Granitsas
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1985)
A visit to a mountaintop monastery in Greece uncovers a haven of holy beauty.

Old Testament Trinity
by Brother Christian Leisy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1984)
The origin and significance of an icon from the 15th century remains a mystery.

Priest and Patriots
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
The monasteries of Bulgaria are living reminders of a battle for faith and independence.

A Gentle Poet
by John Mahoney
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
The story of the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran.

Monastic Life Lives On in Rumania
text and photos by Daniel Gabriel
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
Monasteries in Moldavia survive as reminders of the Byzantine era.

The Colors of Easter
by Marvin Anderson
(From ONE March 2012)
Ukrainian faithful carry on the ancient craft of decorating eggs

Karagoz: Turkey’s Puppet Theater
by Sister Francis Maria Cassidy, S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
For centuries, Muslims in Turkey have used shadow puppet theater as part of their celebrations.

New Reality, Same Artistry
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2004)
Artists from a famed Russian village revive their spiritual heritage

The Christian Art of India Today
by Rev. John B. Chethimattam
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1978)
Indian Christian art depicts not only the grace of the human body but also the presence of the divine.

from News

In Bethlehem, a Street Festival With a Touch of Faith, Justice, Culture
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sitting outside their childhood home on Star Street, three sisters and their cousin chatted as they watched a small parade of children dance past, following a variety of clowns and jugglers and two giant dancing puppets.

In Paintings, Syrian Artist Shows the Pain War Has Caused His Country
Catholic News Service (6 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national.

from Blog Content

Eggs to Dye For: A Ukrainian Art Form
A photo gallery of pysanky images.

Picture of the Day: Artists Thinking Outside the Box
Artist Andrei Arapov chose folklore and imperial authority as themes for this lacquered box.

Grandmothers Sang and Rebuilt Their Church
The Russian village of Buranovo is getting paved roads, a water pipeline and even the internet thanks to the efforts of its thanks to the babushka, or grandmothers.

Picture of the Day: In India, Sand Francis
A sand sculpture of the newly-elected Pope Francis, created by Indian artist Sudarshan Patnaik, adorns a beach in Puri, India, on 14 March. (photo: CNS/Reuters)

Praying With Paint
An old friend dropped by the office today: Sister Eliseea Papacioc, a Romanian Orthodox nun and world-renowned iconographer.

Page One: Headlines for 10/24/13
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Russian Renaissance
Alexander and Margarita Mamin prefer to work on icons with their religious themes rather than papier-mâché boxes and plates with secular motifs, which the Soviets had insisted upon. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Pulp Pope
A large drawing of Pope Francis depicting him as a superhero is seen on a wall near the Vatican on 29 January. The Argentine pope is shown taking off into the air with his right fist clenched in classic Superman style. (photo: CNS/Robert Duncan)

Picture of the Day: Dessert Father
Pope Francis looks at a life-sized replica of himself made out of chocolate in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on 5 February (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Youth Movement
In this photo from 2009, two years before Syria’s civil war, youth in Aleppo participate in a dance workshop hosted by an organization that uses sports to bridge sectarian divides. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Picture of the Day: Writing on the Wall
n icon by Ian Knowles, written directly on concrete, adorns one of the segments of the Israeli separation wall near the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint in Bethlehem. (photo: Tanya Habjouqa)

Picture of the Day: Art That Uplifts
The art of cloisonné enamel originated in the eastern Mediterranean region and developed in the Byzantine Empire — and, some scholars argue, Georgia, where it is known as minankari. (photo: Molly Corso)

Page One: Headlines for 3/3/15
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: A Craft to Remember
At the Mar Shemmon Bar Sabbae Chaldean Catholic Church in Tbilisi, Keti, 18, works to master the ancient art of cloisonné enamel (minankari in Georgian). (photo: Molly Corso)

Picture of the Day: Preserving Palmyra
A picture taken on 14 March 2014 shows a sculpture found in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, 130 miles northeast of Damascus, and now displayed at the city’s museum.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.

One of the many unsung heroes in CNEWA’s story is Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C., a man who helped give new life to one of Christianity’s holiest sites...

Picture of the Day: Preserved Psalmodies
Georgian Orthodox Christians employ a unique style of chant believed to have been developed between the seventh and tenth centuries in the historical region of Tao-Klarjeti, now part of Turkey. (photo: Molly Corso)