The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy – a lecture by Father John Saward – Saturday, 11 October 2014

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)

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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.

 

The Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series – Fall/Winter 2014-2015

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.

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This year’s series features six eminent scholars and theologians, addressing the theme - Redeeming Culture in Christ. The series opens with Father John Saward (Oxford University) on Saturday, October 11th, and will end with His Excellency, The Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, NE on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Other speakers include Professor Ryan Topping (St. Thomas More College), Ms. Julia Yost (Yale University), Professor Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University) and Rev. Bruno M. Shah, O.P. (University of Notre Dame).
All the lectures are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a reception and sung Compline in the chapel at the Catholic Center at NYU.
Special thanks to our Dominican co-sponsors at the Thomistic Institute and to our Dominican hosts at the NYU Catholic Center.
Looking forward to seeing you in October!

Photos and audio from Annual Mass for Artists: Sunday, May 4th 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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The entire program for the Mass can be downloaded here.

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A reception followed in the basilica courtyard…

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(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.

 

Annual Mass for Artists – Sunday, May 4th, 3pm

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: catholicartistssociety@gmail.com

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Lenten recollection, 2014: Audio of Father George Rutler’s meditation

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.

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Lenten Evening of Recollection, Wednesday, March 26th, 7pm

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Virtue and the Artistic Imagination: audio and notes from Father Joseph Koterski’s Art of the Beautiful lecture, February 15, 2014

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Father Joseph Koterski, SJ was the final speaker in this year’s Art of the Beautiful series, co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute in Washington, DC. Father gave an account of the Aristotelian and Thomistic understanding of the virtues, and called upon the life and work of Bernini and Shakespeare to illustrate his thoughts on the subject.Here are the notes Father Koterski refers to in his lecture…

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Special thanks to…

Father Allen White, OP – Director of the Catholic Center at NYU; Father Austin Litke, OP – Assistant Director of the Catholic Center at NYU; Father Thomas Joseph White, OP – Director of the Thomistic Institute, Washington, DC; Brother Gabriel Torreta, OP (Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC) ; Mr. James Wetzel for leading Compline throughout the series; Mr. Michael Hannon; Mrs. Maria Grizzetti and all our board and advisory board members, members and volunteers who helped to make the series such a tremendous success!

The audio of Father Koterski’s lecture can be heard below…

We request a small donation of $2 via Pay Pal when you listen or download the audio, to help us cover the costs of the lecture series. Thank you!


 

 

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The Art of the Beautiful – An Evening with Father Joseph Koterski, SJ

Father Joseph Koterski, SJ will offer the final lecture of this year’s Art of the Beautiful series on Saturday, February 15th at 7.30pm at the Catholic Center at NYU. Father Koterski’s subject will be Virtue and the Artistic Imagination.

Father Koterski is a Jesuit priest of the Maryland province of the Society of Jesus. He is an associate professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and Editor-in-Chief of the American Philosophical Quarterly. In 2011 he was re-elected President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Among his recent publications is An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Some Basic Concepts (2009).

On the Fordham campus he serves as Master of Queens Court Residential College for freshmen. For The Teaching Company he has produced lecture courses on Aristotle’s Ethics, on Natural Law and Human Nature, and most recently on Biblical Wisdom Literature.

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Art and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God – an evening with Anthony Esolen – full audio

Professor Antony Esolen of Providence College addressed a full house at his Art of the Beautiful lecture last Saturday, presented at the Catholic Center at NYU and co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute. (Full audio below)

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Photo: Joel Pidel

In his lecture, entitled Art and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God, Professor Esolen clearly articulates and answers essential questions about the nature and purpose of art and the work of the artist, as well as art’s relation to the human soul and to civilization itself. Professor Esolen refers to Dante, Shakespeare and to two extraordinary works of art found in New Bedford, MA.

Special thanks to Father Austin Litke, OP and the CAS members and volunteers who helped organize the evening!

You can listen to the full lecture and Q&A by clicking on the sound file below…

We request a modest donation of $2 to the CAS, to help us cover the costs of the lecture series and our other events. Many thanks for your support and prayers for the apostolate.




 

 

Love and Artistic Genesis: An evening with Anthony Esolen – Saturday, January 25th, 7.30pm

The Art of the Beautiful series returns on Saturday, January 25th with Professor Anthony Esolen’s presentation - Love and Artistic Genesis.

Professor Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College in Rhode Island.

A senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, he writes regularly for Touchstone, First Things, Catholic World Report, Magnificat, This Rock, and Latin Mass.

His most recent books are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press, 2010), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008) and Ironies of Faith (ISI Press, 2007); his Commentary on the Roman Missal is now available from Magnificat Press (see below to order). Professor Esolen is the translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy (3 volumes, Random House), Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered (Johns Hopkins University Press), and Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things (Johns Hopkins University Press).

The lecture will be at the Catholic Center at NYU, 238 Thompson Street, between Washington Square North and W. 3rd.

The series is co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute.

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