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Advent is a journey toward hope. Each year, this season encourages us to live more joyously, more courageously, and with trust in a God who is always creating something new.

With that in mind, Maryknoll Lay Missioners invites you to join us for a special celebration of hope. We are teaming up with three Catholic artists for a unique virtual Advent celebration. The event will feature inspiring musicians ValLimar Jansen and Greg Walton as well as noted artist Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, for an evening of storytelling, music and art that will connect with Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ mission of promoting global justice.

This virtual gathering of hope will be celebrated on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 13 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time. It is open to all. To join the celebration, please register here.

With the theme “The Light That Shines in the Darkness,” we also join in celebration with our sisters and brothers from around the world. Maryknoll lay missioners and members of their communities in nine different countries of the global South will offer reflection on the joy, hope and courage that sustained them through the challenges of the past year.

In this year-end season of giving, Maryknoll Lay Missioners is grateful for its many partners and supporters around the world who make its mission possible. We are especially grateful to our guest artists who will join us in this gathering:

ValLimar Jansen is a well-known inspirational/catechetical singer, composer, recording artist, speaker and storyteller. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer, and a presenter at conferences across the US and abroad. ValLimar sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary.

Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath paints, writes and tells stories. A Religious Brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, he explores the relationship between art and faith. Mickey has created art for leading Catholic publishers and many Catholic organizations. A presenter at retreats, schools, and conferences, his message is always about the “healing power of art and its ability to lead us to light and grace.”

Greg Walton is a dynamic Catholic musician and speaker, who “integrates the sacred and secular as a means to inspire love in the human family.” His music ministry has taken him all over the United States, Canada and Europe, and he has performed at hundreds of youth rallies and festivals.


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