The Beauty of Iconography

Last month Sister Karen Oprenchok had the opportunity to pursue her interest in iconography by attending a week-long icon writing workshop at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sister Karen, a scholastic, studied with noted iconographer Phil Zimmerman before entering monastic life with the Erie Benedictines in 2014.

Sister Karen had this to say, “It was a wonderful experience. Knowing that Saint John the Baptist was the subject allowed me to study his life beforehand and enter into this richly contemplative experience with ease. It was a bonus that we gathered to begin the workshop on the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The week was more about prayer than paint, a time of holy leisure at its best."