Clare Priory hosts World-famous artist

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Clare Priory has this week played host to Father Richard Cannuli, who led groups in creating icons of Christ.

Father Richard, Professor of fine arts at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA, is known worldwide as an artist and iconographer.

Last week he led his third annual workshop in icon writing at Clare Priory, helping twelve attendees create their own images of Christ.

Having recently returned from Italy where he saw the Turin Shroud, Father Richard commented on the similarity between the shroud and the Veil of Manopello, reputed to be the face of Jesus’ face in the tomb.

Using the two images, Father Richard has produced a sketched image from which members of the Clare Priory workshop worked on to create their own finished icons.

Ever popular Father Richard will return to the priory to lead further workshops from May 23 to May 29, and June 6 to June 12 next year.

Father David Middleton, prior and parish priest, praised Father Richard’s workshops.

“Their very good. Some of the people have done all three,” he said.