Sr. Mary Paula Beierschmitt, IHM
November 6, 2004

“Beauty Will Save the World”

Sister Mary Paula Beierschmitt, IHM, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is the Founder of the American Academy of the Sacred Arts in Philadelphia. After studies in Immaculata University, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia Community College, L’Atelier, the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Sister Paula obtained permission from her religious order to investigate the implementation of documents pertaining to the sacred arts that were addressed by the Second Vatican Council. The purpose of the academy is to glorify God in the cultural disciplines through the creation of original art, educational outreach and ecumenical dialogue. Artistic disciplines including architecture, visual arts, music, drama, literature and poetry fall within the scope of its vision.

Upcoming Events

Opening of the AASA’s Art Gallery

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 2018
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each day
(Admission is free. No reservations needed.)


There has never been a greater need for sacred artists than the present era. Help support the work of AASA, serving sacred artists and patrons for the greater glory of God.

“Art is a vehicle for expressing the infinite beauty of God.”

- Sr. Paula