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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


CCS member Stefano Cracolici to give Newman Circle talk

(15 January 2018)

Professor Stefano Cracolici (Durham University) will give a talk on 'Mater admirabilis: The Birth of a Global Sacred Icon' on Tuesday 30 October 2018 in Middlesbrough Cathedral Hall, 7.45pm (coffee/tea from 7.30pm). The talk is organsied by the Cleveland Newman Circle.


Rome 1844 — a young postulant of the Society of the Sacred Heart is working over the features of the Virgin Mary. Pauline Perdrau had just arrived from Paris, where she had worked as a portraitist and experimented with some religious subjects. When the nuns of Trinità dei Monti (the monastery at the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome) expressed the desire to represent Our Lady in her youthful days, engaged in the same daily activities with which themselves were occupied, she volunteered to act as her devout painter. The result surpassed all expectations, and the fresco adorning one of the chapels of her convent became a global icon. In all institutions of the world devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mater Admirabilis acts as their brand. This lecture will outline the remarkable story behind the construction of the miraculous image of Santissima Trinità dei Monti and some unknown masterpieces hidden in churches all over the world. The material presented in this lecture is part of the Rome in the World Project led by Prof Cracolici at Durham University.

All are most welcome. No need to book – just turn up.

For further information please contact the Circle secretary Mrs Lorraine Canning at or on or on 01642 316 493.