Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seminary of the Immaculate Conception-"Art on the Vine"

The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY, is very much alive thanks to the good work of Msgr. Henning, the rector and the staff at the Seminary. Though the seminarians no longer study there (they are now studying at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers), the Seminary is still doing great work holding special events, fundraisers, days of reflection, conferences and education programs. Also, the Sacred Heart Institute which is a "cooperative effort of the Archdiocese of New York and Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre to facilitate the ongoing formation of priests and deacons and strengthen the bonds of priestly and diaconal fraternity..." operates out of the Seminary.
So as I wrote, the Seminary is very much alive with good things happening and yet there are still some Catholics on Long Island who think it closed when the seminarians moved to Yonkers.
All this brings me to "Art on the Vine," which is a fundraiser which will take place on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Seminary. I'm very excited about the day as I love art and art will be a big part of the day.
There will be an art exhibit and sale by professional artists, wine tasting by Pindar Vineyards from the North Fork and tours of the Seminary Art, Chapels, Library and the unique art in the boiler room (folk art).
The Brookyn Born Believer will be there that day, acting as a volunteer and it's going to be a great day in the ongoing transformation of the Seminary. It will be hosted by the "Friends of the Seminary," and I am a part of that group of men and women who volunteer in support of the education and formation of our seminarians.
Above are some pictures I took today. Some are of the amazing boiler room (which participants will be able to tour on Dec. 9th)) and the folk art down there that was created by custodian and longtime maintenance mechanic-Ed Perry. Perry worked and lived on the grounds of the Seminary for 25 years. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island and had no formal art training. He described how he painted the floor at first and then never stopped. The pictures will speak for themselves.
Judy Healy in the photograph is a longtime supporter and "Friend of the Seminary."