Using Icons as an Aid to Prayer, by Steven Schmaltz

Steven J. Schmaltz will present on how the Eastern Rite Churches use icons as an aid to prayer. Steven, a 1987 graduate of Aquinas College, will share his story of learning to use icons during prayer because of his affiliation with the Ukrainian Catholic Church since 1981.

Currently Steven is a cantor at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic mission parish in Flint, MI as well as a student in the diaconal formation program for the Chicago Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese). St. Vladimir's has provided an icon of the Holy Face for this presentation.

He teaches English as a Second Language in two rural school districts, and also is certified to teach French.