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Alice Bast suffered for a decade with unexplained debilitating symptoms that resulted in devastating consequences, including a full-term still birth and two miscarriages. Ultimately, her health challenges were revealed to be caused by undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease. In 2003, she founded the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, now known as Beyond Celiac, so that others would not have to suffer as she had. Our Rector will interview Alice about her vision for health and well-being for the celiac disease community and possible breakthroughs in the field of autoimmune diseases. Alice is CEO of Beyond Celiac, an organization serving 2.5 million Americans. Her personal story has been featured in Cosmopolitan.com, Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, USA Today, and on nationally-televised programs such as ‘The Doctors’, ‘The View’, and on CNN. In 2010, she won the prestigious Philadelphia Award.
Bill Valerio, Director and CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, will focus on stained-glass. Prior to leading the Woodmere Art Museum, Dr. Valerio served as Curator at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, where he curated many great masterpieces in glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose studio was located in Corona Park, Queens. Dr. Valerio will discuss the qualities that make Tiffany’s windows so magical and the special attributes that make St. Thomas’s “Justification by Faith” Tiffany window, which was produced by Tiffany in 1894 and is a great treasure of our community.
The Basilica of the Holy Family was designed by Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and is widely regarded as one of the world’s great architectural and religious treasures. Although incomplete, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926. The basilica is scheduled to be completed in 2026 in time for the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Art critic Rainer Zerbst notes, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art,” and Paul Goldberger describes it as, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages. Dr. Mark Brack, the resident architectural historian at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, will help us explore Gaudi’s masterpiece. He teaches a variety of courses including the much-admired three-term series on the history of world architecture and has created the department`s slide library that contains approximately 25,000 images.