On display in the Province Center exhibit case is a collection of Fr. Ray Novacek’s original woodblock prints.  These designs were used for his Christmas cards each year.  The collection includes every year from 1972 – 1986, missing only 1976.  It is uncertain if there were designs before 1972.  The 1972 design was also used to create a sculpture which is included in the exhibit. 

Fr. Raymund C. Novacek, CSV
(1926 – 1987)


Also on display are Novacek’s original wood cutting tools, courtesy of Fr. Arnie Perham, CSV.  Ray Novacek taught Arnie Perham how to create woodblock prints. “Twelve Days of Christmas: Partridge in a Pear Tree” is an example of Arnie’s beautiful work using Ray’s tools (bottom right – in gold frame).


Spirituality was an area of deep interest for Ray.  His other joy was his art.  Through that medium, whether it was sculpture, painting or woodblock printing, he spoke and shared his insights and personal spiritual revelations.  Ray’s last Christmas piece (in 1986) was a wood cut design entitled Love creates Hope.  He knew that to be a personal truth and in his gentle, sensitive and caring way, he helped others to discover that for themselves.


Here is a listing of the woodblock prints by year and title:

1972 – Sow seeds of Peace
1973 – Not bearing gifts, but being gift, He Comes
1974 – Love forges union, God becomes Man
1975 – Incarnation: Kaleidoscope epiphanies within us
1977 – God’s coming sparks communion
1978 – Sublime Light spills glory on our waters
1979 – Breaking Light
1980 – Look! The Life of God flashes in darkness
1981 – The Spirit of God heartens the hope within us
1982 – Regardless, Gods love is with us
1983 – Today, dance in holy light!
1984 – Cords of Faith – Cradle our Hope
1985 – In each moment Christ lives
1986 – Love creates Hope

Novacek’s works will be on display through the end of March. Stop by and see each design up close.