Coming this week: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and a visit to Coptic Egypt

It’s a busy time here at The Monitor.

Preparations for the special issue commemorating the July 30 ordination of Coadjutor Bishop David O’Connell are in high gear thus, cooking is on the back burner until later in the week.   

But the preparations for the special edition are allowing me to endulge in other passions. Take art, for example. I never pass up an opportunity to research an art form or interview artists who practice it. Over the years, this has opened the marvelous door to iconography; creation of fine works of contemporary religious art and restoration of old works. Today, for the special edition, I got the chance to do a telephone interview with the graphic artist — Donna L. Hobson — who executed Bishop O’Connell’s design for his new episcopal shield.

Hobson, the director of publications and design services at Catholic University where BO’C was president for 12 years, is also the artist who conceived the distinctive logo for Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 visit to Washington and New York. Talking with her about  how she went about implementing BO’C’s inspiration was delightful. You’ll have to read the special edition — due out July 29 — for the details!

But stop by KTF later this week for a virtual visit to the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel set to unfold on Friday and some  insight on Coptic customs and cuisine in Egypt gleaned from the sessions I’ve been so fortunate enough to squeeze in during the week long Egypt Fest at Georgian Court University. The sessions are terrific. Renowned Egyptologist Henry Ayoub is definitely bringing ancient history to life.

On Friday morning, Ayoub will be lecturing on the Holy Family in ancient Egypt and Coptic Christianity in ancient and contemporary times. On Friday night, the lectures will conclude over a Coptic dinner. Recipes and out takes from the lecture are penciled in on the KTF schedule for Saturday. I’ve been looking up Coptic recipes on the Internet and can’t wait to see what Dr. Ayoub has planned for the dinner.

Tomorrow should bring a short update on what’s Jersey Fresh at the marketplace this week.


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