Father John Quigley


Current Workshops and Events

2017 Retreats and Workshops

Detail of 'Lessons in Water' by Fr. John Quigley, OFM

Detail of Lesson in Water, Fr. John Quigley, OFM

For registration or for more information contact: Fr. John Quigley OFM at jquigleyofm@gmail.com or call 513-739-3969.

2017 Dates for Retreats in the City: February 3-5 March 17-19 May 5-7 June 16-18

Retreats begin with an evening meal on Friday and ends with a noon meal on Sunday. We are located near historic Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, (between 2 Streetcar stops, north and southbound), within walking distance to Washington Park and Music Hall. Parking is available at the Friary. The neighborhood is quiet at night! We shall celebrate Eucharist on Saturday and Sunday. Also the painting studio at FRIARS STUDIO will be available for retreatants who may wish to paint during their stay. Cost $250 per person, $400 per couple. For registration or more information contact: Fr. John Quigley OFM at jquigleyofm@gmail.com or call 513-739-3969.


Additional 2017 Three Day Retreat Opportunities that include Painting workshops

Feb. 24, 25, 26 Overnight;  Mar. 21, 22, 23 Cost $275 individual; $450 per couple


Mount St. Joseph Painting Retreat, Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, Delhi, Ohio April 28, 29, 30 Register at the Spirituality Center by calling 513-347-5449. Cost $150 Overnight, $100 for commuters.


Nazareth Retreat – Sisters of Charity of Nazareth: Preached Retreat Nazareth, KY Aug. 20-25 Cost: $525 Painting Retreat Aug. 25-28 – $300


  Franciscan Artists & Friends Exhibit 2016

Four artists will share their work at the Franciscan Artists & Friends Exhibit on December 9 & 10, 2016  as part of the ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at the Christian Moerlein Event Center, 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.

HumphreysBr. Martin Humphreys, OFM, has a thing or two in common with daVinci, believing that all art is spiritual and that abstract art is most suitable in expressing the great mystery, God himself. A native of Mandeville, La., this nonagenarian has punctuated his life of ministry, whether in fraternal service or work with the poor in Cincinnati or at Duns Scotus College, Southfield, Mich., or in pastoral ministry in New Orleans and then back in Cincinnati, with daily efforts to reveal some small part of the mystery of God through his art. His work has hung in the Hall Barnett Gallery in the French Quarter in New Orleans and has won prizes in a variety of Art Association shows. Now retired, his art is his ministry and, he hopes, it gives people a greater understanding of God’s presence in all things.

QuigleyFr. John Quigley, OFM, was always drawing. As a child in London, Ontario, through formation as a Franciscan, John has always found expression through art. John says the creative energy that flows through us has to find an outlet, sometimes, through pastoral work, sometimes in international advocacy work, now in preaching, but always, for him, in painting. Now, through the Friars Studio in Over-the-Rhine, John shares his painting which he describes as “a very spiritual exercise, a discipline in contemplation, allowing God to work with you, through you.” A golden Jubilarian as a Franciscan friar in 2015, John continues to preach and to paint, searching for meaning and understanding of the spirit world.

“Preaching and fine art are two horses yoked together that pull me into meaning and personal challenges. Preaching helps me articulate and understand my beliefs and painting helps me search the spirit world – especially in times of loss and grief.”

CoxCedric Michael Cox is best known for his paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. His work expresses themes ranging from mythical literature to the relationships between the physical body, musical allegories, and natural and man-made landscapes.

Cedric has had solo exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, PAC Gallery, and Weston Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  In support of his efforts in the visual arts and art education communities, the City of Cincinnati awarded Cox the Individual Artist Grant in 2009.  He received a Congressional Award in 2010.  Cedric teaches art at the St. Francis Seraph School.

“My art conveys overlapping aesthetic concerns, evoking ideas ranging from early modernism to contemporary postmodernism. My paintings and drawings are intended to build bridges between the past, present and future, both amongst individuals and all groups of people, through stylistic ideas and expressions.  Using positivism as my basic humanistic approach to art and life, and the interstices in between, I communicate through my artwork, as Rauschenberg proposed with his primary aesthetic/cultural challenges.”

Cedric’s website: cedricmichaelcox.com

PearceJoe Pearce is a traditional modern artist.  He was born in Indianapolis, IN and currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH.  His art studio is at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and has studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and with individual respected artists.  His work had been shown in several galleries and venues in Cincinnati and at Times Square and The Armory Gallery in New York City. He has been nominated three years in a row as “Best Local Artist” in the City Beat publication.

“Twenty five years of drawing and painting experience focusing on Expressionism, Symbolism, and Outsider Art.  Using my spiritual and emotional instincts, I paint what I feel more than what I see. My paintings are intuitive, speaking about what might be rather than what is. I do realize, however, that people relate to physical images that they know. Therefore, fairly representational images appear in my paintings on a regular basis.  My mission is to share beauty, depth, meaning, and happiness with those who get to know my pieces of art.”

Joe’s website: joepearceart.com


PAINTING WORKSHOP RETREATS 2015 Friars Studio 1605 Main Street, OTR

2015 Dates:  April 17-18-19;  May 15-16-17;  July 10-11-12;  Oct. 2-3-4;  Nov.12-14-15

Friars Studio provides a deeper investigation and appreciation of your inner world. Putting brush to paper allows your mind and heart to enter the creative space within. No artistic talent or skills are needed to benefit from the painting process. Both artists and non-artists will find the painting process helpful to unblock and release creativity. Minimum of  4 – maximum of 12 participants. Partial scholarships may be available. These workshops are currently offered as 3-day, 2-day or on 1-day. Prices for workshop retreats are $75 for a 1-day workshop, $150 for a 2-day workshop and $200 for a 3-day workshop.

For further information, contact Fr. John Quigley by email jquigleyofm@gmail.com or call 513-739-3969.

Retreat in the City Pleasant Street Friary 1723 Pleasant Street, OTR

2015 Dates: May 15, 16, 17; October 2, 3, 4 (Feast of St. Francis)

Retreat begins with evening meal Friday (6:30pm) and ends with noon meal on Sunday.  Fr. John Quigley will be your chef. Come individually, as a couple or a small group.  We have 4 individual bedrooms – double/full beds.  Two shared bathrooms, though!  First come – first serve.

We shall celebrate Eucharist on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be time for individual conference with Fr. John Quigley. Take some personal quiet time (the neighborhood is quiet at night!).  There is parking.  We are located by Findlay market with walking distance to Washington Park and Music Hall.  Also the painting studio at FRIARS STUDIO will be available for retreatants who may wish to paint during their stay. Cost $250 per person, $400 per couple.

For registration or more information contact: Fr. John Quigley OFM  by email jquigleyofm@gmail.com or call 513-739-3969.

If you would like a workshop on another date and time, please contact the studio at 513-739-3969.