Peter William Gray was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1953. His heritage is both Irish and Italian, the second son of Mary Anna (Consolo) Gray and Paul William Gray. His precocious gifts made him draw since the age of 5, and he was placed in an advanced summer programmed for the fine arts in 1958 at Mercyhurst College, Erie. Gray holds both Theological and Philosophy degrees, a Ph.D from The Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California, his thesis defended the religious art of the Belgian symbolist, James S. Ensor, (1860-1949).
Gray has been active in both ecumenical and world service as an NGO at the United Nations in New York City in the Department of Public Information, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Catholic Organization for Information Coordination (ICOIC) therein. His native capacity for languages and travel has brought him to 59 countries where he learned first-hand accounts of people that the primary need for a person to develop their fullness is to educate well and early. He is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice, founded in Paris in 1641, ordained in May 1971.
Presently Gray is actively assisting the needs of people in Upper Thailand (MAE SOT), Cambodia and Nepal. To that end he has established a weaver’s cottage industry in Kathmandu, Nepal called, MAYA LOOMS which provides education and medical attention to women and children. Through his art and its praxis, donations and patrons, Gray has built houses and farms, provided eye operations and to date has put 23 Asians, both boys and girls through elementary and high school, 10 through college and university, 2 with master’s degrees. His motto is, “Mystery cannot be managed, only maintained.” His art has been acclaimed by George Tooker, Sister Wendy Becket and the late Dominque de Menil.
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