Lecture & book launch – Kurelek’s The Passion of Christ

On October 26th, the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage(PCUH), in conjunction with St. Thomas More College, St Vladimir Institute (Toronto), and the Les and Irene Dube Chair in Catholic Studies presented the National Book Launch Tour Special Presentation The Passion of Christ by William Kurelek New Edition, by art historian and author Dr. Khrystyna Beregovska of Lviv, Ukraine.

This new book introduces the pinnacle of the religious art created by Ukrainian-Canadian artist William Kurelek. The series “The Passion of Christ” is comprised of 160 paintings illustrating verse-for-verse the “Suffering, Death, and Resurrection” of Christ as described in the Gospel of Matthew. The ecumenical dimension of Kurelek’s work has made him famous the world over.

Dr. Khrystyna Beregovska in the STM Chapel

The book is divided into two parts – text and illustration. The text presents a brief biography, describing the artist’s study and training, discussing the lead-up to the creation of the series, and providing a professional review. The book also includes reviews that discuss the importance and uniqueness of the Passion series, including a commentary by William Kurelek himself. This is the first publication about William Kurelek in Ukraine.