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"Mystic Path in Song" performance scheduled for Nov. 2

Part of the continuing Theology South lecture series

Chicago (Oct. 13, 2006) – Gerry Dignan, a minister of song in the Catholic Music Ministry, will explore the teachings of mystics as part of the ongoing Theology South Lecture Series at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Saint Xavier University’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

In the performance, titled “Mystic Path in Song,” Dignan will explore the teachings of mystics throughout history and the depth of those teachings through song. A pianist and guitarist, Dignan will also offer his reflections on the rich teachings and experiences of the mystics. 

“Their lives and teachings guide us as we seek greater spiritual depth and foundation,” he said. “The music expressed along with the words and comments provide a hint of the kind of inner experiences of peace, stillness and presence that mystics know of and share with us. The spoken word points the way to our soul and spirit, the music takes us there.”

 A minister of song in the Catholic Music Ministry for more than 30 years, Dignan has studied self-expression through improvisational music under the guidance of world-renowned teacher/cellist David Darling. He appears as “Uncle Gerry” in the internationally acclaimed family music program “Music Together.” Dignan and his wife, Denise, have worked on staff as leaders of song and dance for 10 years with Jean Houston, Ph.D., and her Mystery School, a school of spiritual exploration. He earned a master in pastoral studies from Loyola University. 

Theology South: A Forum for Thought Lecture Series was founded in 1980 as a monthly gathering of intelligent and independent women who are interested in learning about issues relating to the life of the spirit and the mind. 

The presentation is open to the public; admission is $6. Coffee will be available beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University Pastoral Ministry Institute at (773) 298-3900. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Saint Xavier University's Pastoral Ministry Institute at (773) 298-3900 

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