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JP II Forum Discusses Papal Art
Photo: Fr. Janusz IhnatowiczThe Pope John Paul II Forum will host the lecture "'Epiphanies' of Beauty: John Paul II on the Nature and Role of Art." The Rev. Janusz Ihnatowicz will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark.

A theologian and an award-winning poet, Father Ihnatowicz will discuss Pope John Paul II's “Letter to Artists,” and other writings on art. He will also explore the theological dimensions of art.

Father Ihnatowicz worked with Pope John Paul II as a writer for his diocesan paper when the Pope was a bishop. Pope John Paul II bestowed the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice on Father Ihnatowicz. 

Father Ihnatowicz was born in Poland and ordained for the Diocese of Kielce, Poland, in 1962. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University College in Dublin, a licentiate degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada, and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Angelicum, Rome.

He joined the faculty of UST in 1969, where he is professor emeritus of theology. Father Ihnatowicz has authored more than 30 scholarly articles in Polish and English. He has published poetry in Polish and English, and his poetry has been recognized for its excellence, including the Fondation Koscielski prize in literature in 1973, the Union of Polish Writers Abroad and the Award for Life’s achievement in 2011.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, read more about the event or call 713-525-2155 or email

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