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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 5, 2016 9 Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht students are often Eastern Orthodox; the classes take place at Faith Lutheran Church; and many of the students stay at the rectory of Holy Name of Mary Pro- to-cathedral in the Soo during the work- shop. Raappana is a retired Lutheran pastor, Adams is a member of Our Lady of the Snows Mission in Hessel and Hubbard is a member of St. Isaac Jogues Mission in Sault Ste. Marie. The three volunteers have worked together more than a dozen years now. Theyre more like family than friends and practically finish each other's sentences. They also look forward to see- ing many of the far-flung regulars return to the class from year to year. We have been a diverse group from the beginning, said Adams, pointing out that two of the students come from Canada, four from Lower Michigan, and one each from Virginia, Maine, Iowa, New York and Chi- cago. It is a life lesson in Christian living, sharing and becoming family. Its a wonderful exer- cise in the ecumenical movement, because were of all different Christian denominations and faiths. When were together we work as a Christian fam- ily. Our meals are in the same building. And Anny, bless her heart, makes sure were well fed, Ad- ams said. Hubbard makes sure everyones dietary needs are met. They always have at least one good Yooper meal including local game and fish. Hubbard looks to family and friends, and anyone willing to part with their bounty, to help feed the group. The class is also spiritually well-fed. Hubbard, a professional artist working in various media, says the workshops have taught her about more than how to write icons When youre an artist you get all the ego stuff, Hubbard said. But when you do this, its discipline. I never went to art school, I was this artist that did her own thing. Id had (art) shows with adults since I was 13, so I had a big head. I came to this class thinking Im going to be all cool. And man, I had a harder time than someone who was an engineer who didnt do art at all. I had to learn discipline. And disci- pline was also lacking in my spiritual life. I converted to Catholicism as an adult, said Hubbard, who started learning about the Church as a teenager. Since becoming Catholic she said she has been involved in many movements within the Church. But writing icons has been a major inspiration in her spiritual journey. Ive worked really hard on my own life, since Ive been doing these icons. Ive cor- rected a number of things that were very inconsistent. My life is more congruous with my faith now, Hubbard said. Writing icons has also had a spiritual impact on Raappana. Writing icons has really helped me to deal with myself. Im a recovered alco- holic, Raappana said. (These annual workshops) are like going on a spiritual retreat. The icon Im working on is the one in me. ICON MAKING: Lessons in theology and art Icon workshop June 12-18 The intensive workshop begins on Sunday evening with dinner, meeting each other, and going over instruc- tions for the beginners and work by the advanced stu- dents. This year's workshop will focus on writing the icon of St. Mary Magdalene with master iconographers Tatiana and Dmitrii Berestov. Monday through Saturday the group eats breakfast at Faith Luther- an, followed by class from 9 a.m. to noon. After lunch, the students work until dinner at 6 p.m. Most will return after dinner and work on icons un- til 10 in the evening, with the goal of having the major por- tion of writing the icon com- pleted by Saturday evening. Reservations may be made by calling Pastor Paul Raappa- na at (906) 635-4702. Depos- its must be received by April 15 with the final payment due May 28, 2016. The cost of the workshop includes tuition fees and food. Limited hous- ing is available at St. Mary's rectory for a nominal fee. Fees are: $750 for advanced students, $800 for beginners (the gold, brushes, palette and clay are provided by the instructors for new students). It is not necessary to have any previous art experience to write an icon. JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Paul Raappana, a retired Lutheran pastor creates his icon. The workshop has become an ecumenical effort. FROM PAGE 1 f I c C a c m o d W w i s b s a JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Anny Hubbard (left) and Gerry Adams (right) work together on pick- ing out the perfect color for an icon. JOHN FEE THE U P CATHOLIC

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