Annual Mass for Artists – May 21

Join us for the seventh annual Mass for Artists, Monday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. The Most Reverend Bishop James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will offer the Mass (Ordinary Form) at the beautiful Church of the Blessed Sacrament on West 71st St. (just east of Broadway).

The Catholic Artists Society sponsors this Mass each year to invoke God’s blessings on all artists, that their hearts might be cleansed and their minds enlightened by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit.

It will be beautiful. A reception will follow. Bring a friend!


Bishop Massa

The Most Reverend James Massa was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Boston College and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theology and History in 1982. In 1985, he earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Yale University, and in 1997, a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University, where he wrote his dissertation under the late Cardinal Avery Dulles.

The late Bishop Francis J. Mugavero ordained Father Massa a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on October 25, 1986. His first assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in the Forest Hills section of Queens (1986-1990). He went on to serve as Campus Minister at Queens College (1990-1993) and in a number of positions at seminaries and universities as an Associate Professor of Theology. In 2005, he was appointed the Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue. In 2008, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a Member of the Joint Working Group between the Holy See and the World Council of Churches.

Father Massa returned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Director of Assessment and Accreditation at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Bardstown and Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn on May 19, 2015 by Pope Francis. And he received his episcopal consecration on July 20, 2015.

Fr. Innocent Smith – April 28

How Can I Keep From Singing?
Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., for the final lecture of this season’s Art of the Beautiful lecture series. His talk is entitled “How Can I Keep From Singing? Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, April 28, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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For more than a century, the Church has repeatedly insisted on the importance of cultivating active participation in the liturgy. In practice, some modes of advancing this goal leave little room for a “contemplative” mode of participation. In this talk, Fr. Innocent will describe the need for both active and contemplative participation, focusing on the realm of music in the liturgy. Through a careful balance of vocal and auditory participation, members of the Church can more effectively join their minds as well as their voices to the Heavenly Liturgy.

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph. Born in California and raised in Indiana, he attend St. Gregory’s Academy and the University of Notre Dame before entering the Order of Preachers in 2008. He received an S.T.L. in 2015 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., writing a thesis on the liturgical theology of Thomas Aquinas. At present he is assigned to the Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City, where he serves as parochial vicar at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena.

 

Fr. George Rutler – March 24

Art As a Sermon: The Perspective of a Parish Priest.

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents author, EWTN Host, and pastor at the Church of St. Michael, the Rev. George Rutler, S.T.D. His talk is entitled “Art As a Sermon: The Perspective of a Parish Priest.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, March 24, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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Born in 1945 and reared in the Episcopal tradition, Father Rutler was an Episcopal priest for nine years, and the youngest Episcopal rector in the country when he headed the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1979, was sent to the North American College in Rome for seminary studies, and received priestly ordination in 1981.

He served as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Bronxville; Our Lady of Victory in the Wall Street area; and St. Agnes, in Manhattan. In 2001, he was appointed Pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, and in 2013, Pastor of the Church of St. Michael. Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Father Rutler has lectured and given retreats in many nations, frequently in Ireland and Australia. He has made documentary films in the United States and England, contributes to numerous scholarly and popular journals and has published 21 (and counting) books on theology, history, cultural issues, and the lives of the saints, and also one book on sports, as a member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association.

Father Rutler graduated from Dartmouth, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar, and took advanced degrees at the Johns Hopkins University and the General Theological Seminary. He holds several degrees from the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome, including the Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology, and studied at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In England, in 1988, the University of Oxford awarded him the degree Master of Studies. From 1987 to 1988 he was regular preacher to the students, faculty, and townspeople of Oxford. Thomas More College and Christendom College awarded him honorary doctorates, and in 1996 Governor George W. Bush made him an Honorary Texan. For his help at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 he was honored by the City Council of New York and was made an honorary firefighter by the City of Dallas. He is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and chaplain of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the Robert Burns Society of the City of New York, and the West Point Society of New York.

Evening of Recollection – March 19, 6:30 PM

The Catholic Artists Society invites you to a Lenten Evening of Recollection, March 19, 6:30 PM, at the Church of St. Michael at 424 West 34th St, between 9th and 10th avenues. The reflection will be offered by Fr. Donald Haggerty of St. Patrick’s cathedral, author of the recently published Conversion: Spiritual Insights into an Essential Encounter with God, as well as Contemplative Provocations (2013) and The Contemplative Hunger (2016). The evening will include opportunity for confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and Benediction. A reception will follow in the rectory. The suggested donation is $10. Click here for a poster of the event.

St. Michael the Archangel Defeating Satan, Guido Reni, 1635.

Duncan Stroik – Feb. 24

A Counter-Reformation for Sacred Art Today

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents architect, author, and professor at the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Duncan Stroik. His talk is entitled “A Counter-Reformation for Sacred Art Today.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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Duncan Stroik’s award-winning work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, and Saint Joseph Cathedral in South Dakota. A frequent lecturer on sacred architecture and the classical tradition, Stroik has recently authored The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Mr. Stroik is an inaugural member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and founding editor of Sacred Architecture Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Architecture.

Ross Douthat – Dec. 2

The Divided Catholic Vision:
Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson in the Shadow of Vatican II

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents author, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, and film critic for National Review, Mr. Ross Douthat. His talk is entitled: “The Divided Catholic Vision: Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson in the Shadow of Vatican II.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, December 2, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” published in 2012, and “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (2008). He is the film critic for National Review. Read his blog, Evaluations, and follow him on Twitter.

Jem Sullivan – October 28

The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art and the New Evangelization

Next up in our Art of the Beautiful series: Jem Sullivan, PhD. The lecture takes place Oct. 28, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at NYU. A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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Dr. Sullivan is Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, and adjunct professor at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. She teaches courses on Catholic Education: Teaching and Learning, the Documents of Vatican II, and Christian Art and the New Evangelization. She is the author of the book The Beauty of Faith (2010), and she serves on the Sacred Arts Commission of the archdiocese and the Iconography Committee of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Dr. Sullivan writes for a variety of Catholic publications on catechetical themes. She is also the author of Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. She has served as catechetical consultant to the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Beauty opens to transcendence; it stirs and reawakens the spirit; art uplifts and gives wings to the soul.

From The Beauty of Faith

Previously she served as Education Consultant for a collaborative project on pastoral excellence funded by a Lilly Endowment grant. Dr. Sullivan is also a docent at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where she leads tours of the museum’s masterpiece collections. She received her doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with dissertation research in the area of patristic liturgical catechesis.

The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.

2017-2018 Lecture Series

(Click here to download the poster.)

The Art of the Beautiful

Exploring how the Catholic Faith informs the arts

 

September 23

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B.

Dean of Education at the Abbey of Regina Laudis

 

October 28

Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

 

December 2

Ross Douthat

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

 

February 24

Duncan Stroik

Architect, Professor at the University of Notre Dame

 

March 24

Fr. George W. Rutler, S.T.D.

Author, EWTN Host, Pastor at the Church of St. Michael

 

April 28

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.

Author, Vicar for Formation at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer

 

Lectures are held at the Catholic Center at NYU and begin at 7:30PM. A reception and Compline follow.

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The Catholic Center is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.

Mother Dolores Hart – Sept. 23

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents Mother Dolores Hart, contemplative nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The lecture takes place at the Catholic Center at NYU, and begins at 7:30 PM. A book signing, reception, and sung Compline will follow.

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Mother Dolores (Hart) standing on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis. (Photo by Suzanne Opton/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Mother Dolores left behind a brilliant career in Hollywood to join the monastery. By 1963, when she heard God’s call to her vocation, she had ten successful movies to her credit (including Francis of Assisi—see below), having shared the screen with Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, and Myrna Loy, among other notables. She had performed on television and on Broadway. For the latter she had earned a Tony nomination. But she knew the life of a contemplative was what God wanted for her.

“I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level.”

Mother Dolores’ mission as an actress did not end, but rather took a contemplative turn. She believes film can be an artistic medium for spiritual growth. And she helps young people find their vocation in Christ through the medium of the theater. In 1986, she founded The Gary-The Olivia Theater, an open air theater at the Abbey.

Mother Dolores’s autobiography is entitled The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows (2013). She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates: in Jurisprudence from Fairfield University and in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.