Father Bruno M. Shah, O.P. is a Dominican friar of the Northeast USA Province of St. Joseph. Prior to entering the Order of Preachers, he studied at Fordham University in the Bronx and taught at LaSalle Academy on the Lower East Side. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2009, and has since been assigned to the churches of St. Vincent Ferrer (NYC) and St. Thomas Aquinas (VA). He is currently pursuing a doctorate in systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is from Queens.
We’re looking forward to the continuation of The Art of the Beautiful with Yale University’s Julia Yost, a frequent contributor to First Things.
Father John Saward of Oxford University addressed a full house for the opening lecture of 2014-15 Art of the Beautiful series. Father’s lecture began with the question: “Is there a place for liturgical beauty in what Pope Francis calls ‘the Church that is poor and for the poor’?”
Here is the audio for Father Saward’s lecture. Enjoy!
As always, we thank our series co-sponsors at the Thomistic Institute and our hosts at the Catholic Center at NYU. Looking forward to seeing you at the next lecture on Saturday, November 8th.
Our annual Solemn Requiem Mass, co-sponsored with the New York Purgatorial Society and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, will be offered next Thursday, November 6th at the Church of St. Agnes in Manhattan.
The Mass will be offered for our deceased family members, friends, and fellow artists. Please send names of intentions in an email marked “Requiem Mass intentions” to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the names will be given to the priest offering the Mass, and placed in the catafalque.
The Schola Cantorum of St. Agnes, led by James Wetzel, will sing Duarte Lobo’s glorious Renaissance setting for 8 voices, Missa pro Defunctis (Requiem à 8). This is a rare opportunity to hear this treasure of sacred polyphony in the service of the liturgy for which it was composed.
This year’s Art of the Beautiful series opens on Saturday, October 11th at the Catholic Center at NYU. Rev. John Saward (Oxford University) will discuss The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy.
The lecture will ask: “Is there a place for liturgical beauty in what Pope Francis has called ‘the Church that is poor and for the poor’?”
Following the lecture and Q&A, there will be a reception and sung Compline, the Church’s nighttime prayer from the Divine Office. The event is free. Seating is limited. Please arrive by 7.15pm to ensure a seat.
The series is co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute.
(See Father Saward’s bio below)
Father John Saward is a Roman Catholic priest and a fellow of both Greyfriars and Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford in England. He previously held the posts of lecturer in dogmatic theology at St Cuthbert’s College, Durham (1980–1992), Professor of Systematic Theology at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA (1992–1998), Professor of Dogmatic Theology in the International Theological Institute, Gaming, Austria, and Visiting Professor in Systematic Theology and Christology in the same institute.
Father Saward completed a BA in (philosophy and psychology) (St. John’s College) and a postgraduate diploma in theology (St. Stephen’s House) at the University of Oxford in 1969. In 1973 he completed MA and M.Litt. degrees, also at Oxford, the latter for a thesis on “The Theology of Death”. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1972, he was chaplain and a Junior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1979. He is pastor of the Parish of Sts. Gregory & Augustine in Summertown, Oxford.
Father Saward’s published works include The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter (1990), Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary (1993), Christ is the Answer: The Christ-centred teaching of Pope John Paul II (1995), The Beauty of Holiness (1996), The Way of the Lamb: The Spirit of Childhood and the End of Age (1999), Cradle of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery (2002) and Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven (2005). He has been responsible for the English translations of works by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Christoph Schonborn.
He was the translator of the English edition of Pope Benedict XVI’s The Spirit of the Liturgy.
Redeeming Culture in Christ
We are delighted to announce the schedule for the second installment of our popular lecture series, co-sponsored with the Thomistic Institute. See the poster below for schedule, speakers, time and location.
Artists, patrons and friends of the arts filled the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Sunday, May 4th – Good Shepherd Sunday - for The Catholic Artists Society’s annual Mass for Artists. A Solemn Mass in the extraordinary form was offered for the intentions of the society’s members and the salvation of all artists. The Mass and reception marked the 15th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists.
The sacred ministers were all young ordained men of the NY archdiocese. Rev. Brian Taylor was the celebrant; Deacon Matthew MacDonald acted as deacon; Rev. Matthew Newcomb acted as sub-deacon.
In his homily, Monsignor Donald Sakano, pastor of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s, welcomed the society’s members, patrons and friends to the church that was New York’s first cathedral. Monsignor Sakano’s inspiring homily, which links the “astonishing” fact of the Incarnation with God’s call to artists, can be heard in its entirety via the link below.
Music for the Mass was provided by Mr. Jared Lamenzo, the basilica’s organist and music director, and choir director Mr. Joshua South. The setting for the Mass was Arvo Part’s Berliner Messe, composed in 1990. The program also included pieces by Distler, Perotin, Alain, Hassler and Waclaw of Szamotul.
The entire program for the Mass can be downloaded here.
A reception followed in the basilica courtyard…
(All photos by David Galalis)
Special thanks to:
The Reverend Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral and Homilist
The Reverend Brian Taylor, Celebrant
The Reverend Mr. Matthew MacDonald, Deacon
Rev. Matthew Newcomb, Subdeacon
Mr. Roberto Barrientos, Master of Ceremonies
The Schola Cantorum of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Mr. Jared Lamenzo, Organist & Choirmaster
Mr. Joshua South, Director
The Reverend Walter Wagner, O.P.
The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer
Mr. David Galalis, photography
Mr. Dan Donohue, poster
Mr. James D. Wetzel, Mass booklet
The Reverend Jean Paul Soler
Mr. Christopher Flatz, Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
The patrons and friends of the Society whose generous contributions made this Mass possible.
The Catholic Artists Society is pleased to invite you to its annual Mass for Artists, Sunday May 4th at 3pm at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, Manhattan. Members, patrons and friends of the society are invited to attend with their families.
This year’s Mass will mark the 15th anniversary of Bl. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, published on April 4, 1999. To celebrate this anniversary, we have chosen a Mass setting composed during JPII’s lifetime, the Berliner Messe by the Estonian composer, Arvo Part. Organist Jared Lamenzo will lead a professional choir in this contemplative setting of the Mass.
Mass will be offered according to the Missal of Bl. Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized with Pope JPII the previous Sunday. The celebrant will be Father Brian Taylor of the Church of St. Benedict in the Bronx. He will be assisted by Father Jean Paul Soler, pastor of the Church of St. Denis in Yonkers, NY, and Father Matthew Newcombe, chaplain at Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, NY. Monsignor Donald Sakano, pastor of the basilica of St. Patrick, will offer the homily.
A reception will follow in the Basilica courtyard, weather permitting.
Please RSVP for the reception by May 1st: email@example.com
Thanks to Father George Rutler, The Church of Holy Innocents, Mark Froeba, Eddy Toribio, Kirsten D’Aquino and our patrons whose support made the evening possible.