Diocese event

Margaret DiVirgilio, chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg and curator of the Diocesan Heritage Center; Thomas Octave, diocesan director of sacred music, and Daniel Kendgia prepare an exhibit of the late Father Edward Hays’ artwork at the Diocesan Heritage Center. The exhibit opens with an evening of music, art, storytelling and theater at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Christ Our Shepherd Center, Unity Township.

The Diocesan Heritage Center of the Diocese of Greensburg will celebrate the works of contemporary artist and writer Father Edward Hays in a fundraiser concert, “Pray All Ways — Pray Always,” on Nov. 17 at Christ Our Shepherd Center, 2900 Seminary Drive, Unity Township.

An exhibit of Father Hays’ art will open at the center at 5 p.m., with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the concert at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel. Tickets are $100 for the concert and reception, and $25 for the concert only. For information, visit www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/concert.

“This year we are pleased to offer an evening that incorporates music, art, storytelling and theater highlighting the works of Father Edward Hays,” said Margaret DiVirgilio, chancellor of the diocese and curator of the Diocesan Heritage Center.

Father Hays, who died in 2016 at the age of 85, wrote more than 30 books on spirituality and illustrated most of his book covers.

In an interview for the National Catholic Reporter in 2007, Father Hays said, “Jesus spoke in pictures, parables and metaphors, so I strive to write my paintings and paint my novels and other books.”

Thomas Octave, diocesan director of sacred music, said, “This event will celebrate the artistic life of Catholic culture and art in our society and, specifically, the Greensburg diocese. Father Hays helped people to find how the sacred could interact with their daily life and drew their imagination to the mind of God.”

The evening will feature the Diocesan Choir and Chamber Orchestra under Octave’s direction; the St. Vincent Seminary Schola under the direction of Benedictine Father Cyprian Constantine; the Christ the Divine Teacher School Choir; and Christian singer Tom Franzak. Actor Tim Hartman will narrate Hays’ stories to accompany the music. Theater and dance students from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, will be dressed in costumes that reflect their interpretation of his artwork.

The concert is a primary source of income to fund the Diocesan Heritage Center’s operation and exhibitions, according to DiVirgilio.

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