.- The city of more than 100 steeples will host its first sacred art festival this month. The event was initiated by Fr. Alain Mongeau, the pastor of two parishes in Montrealâs trendy Plateau district.
The goal of the three-day event is to âconciliate the two spiritual paths of art and faith, which have complemented and inspired each other for generations,â said Fr. Mongeau. âIn these times, there is a divorce between the two worlds of art and spirituality,â which is only exacerbated by âshow business,â said the young priest.
He recalled Pope John Paulâs message to artists, that they are âthe guardians of beauty.â
âThe greatest artistic works are imbued with spirituality, and this continues to be conveyed through the many art forms that humans have to express beauty: music, the visual arts, dance and film,â he said.
A variety of events will be hosted at three parish churches, including sculpture exhibits, concerts, theatre, and arts-and-crafts activities for children. Renowned conductor and artistic director Agnes Grossman will give a two-hour session on faith/spirituality and music, and read from Beethovenâs letters during an organ concert of his 5th Symphony.
Guided tours of the three host churches, which are historical and house beautiful sacred art themselves, will also be offered. The festival will be held March 24-26. Admission is free.