Father Austin Dominic Litke, OP offered the following reflection at the Catholic Artists Society’s Advent recollection on Thursday, 5 December 2013. Father Austin is the assistant chaplain at the Catholic Center at NYU. He is a native of Henderson, Kentucky and was ordained a priest in May, 2011. The recollection took place at the historic Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York’s SoHo district.
Speaking on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s place in the plan of salvation and our Christian spiritual life, Father Austin meditates on three titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto: Domus aurea (House of Gold), Rosa mystica (Mystical Rose) and Speculum iustitiae (Mirror of Justice).
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Father Austin Litke, OP will lead an Advent Evening of Recollection for arts and media professionals at 7pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in SoHo, New York City.
The evening will include a reflection on the work and spiritual life of the artist, silent Eucharistic Adoration, opportunity for Confession and will finish with Solemn Benediction. Jared Lamenzo, Organist and Choirmaster at the basilica, will lead the music.
Following the hourlong recollection, there will be a reception at the Parish House at 263 Mott Street.
RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, December 3rd.
Thank you to Stuart Chessman of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny for these photographs and his reporting on this year’s Solemn Requiem Mass, co-sponsored by the CAS, the New York Purgatorial Society and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.
The Church of St. Agnes was filled to capacity for this Wednesday evening Mass. Well over 300 assisted at Mass. Thank you to all the musicians, servers, priests and patrons who made it possible to offer a beautiful Requiem Mass for our loved ones and fellow artists. Names of deceased family members and artist friends were placed at the catafalque, where the Absolution took place after Mass, according to the ritual of the traditional Catholic Mass for the Dead (Missa pro defunctis)
Father Leonard Villa of the Archdiocese of New York gave an inspiring homily on Purgatory and the Communion of Saints. An audio file of Father’s homily can be found below.
Here are portions of the music from the Mass – Mozart’s Requiem – sung by the Schola Cantorum of St. Agnes, led by James Wetzel.
Acknowledgment and special thanks to:
The Reverend Myles P. Murphy, S.T.L., Pastor of the Church of Saint Agnes
The Reverend Leonard Villa, Celebrant and Homilist
The Reverend Richard Munkelt, Deacon
Mr. Stephen Pack, Subdeacon
Mr. Roberto Barrientos, Master of Ceremonies
The Schola Cantorum of Saint Agnes
Miss Elizabeth Bates, Miss Elizabeth Derham, Mr. Timothy Parsons, Mr. Matthew Marcucci, Mr. Matthew Grosfeld – Soloists
Mr. David Enlow, Organist
Mr. James D. Wetzel, Choirmaster
Mr. Donald Cherry – vestments and poster
Mr. James Morlino – sound and film recording
Mr. Stuart Chessman – photography
Artist, teacher and broadcaster David Clayton spoke to a full house at the NYU Catholic Center on Saturday, November 16th, as part of The Art of the Beautiful series, co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute.
(Photo: Joel Pidel)
You can hear Mr. Clayton’s brilliant lecture below.
As always, we appreciate a donation to the Society, which helps us maintain this website and bring you more events like this one. A $2 donation is suggested via Pay Pal. Thank you!
The next lecture will be on Saturday, December 14th. Professor Alice Ramos of St. John’s University will speak on Beauty and the Real.
The Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute in New York invite you to this third event in The Art of the Beautiful series: internationally known artist, writer, teacher and broadcaster, David Clayton will speak on the formation of artists.
Mr. Clayton is Artist-in-Residence and lecturer at Thomas More College in NH. He wrote, produced and presented the 13-part TV series, The Way of Beauty (2011). His writing appears in many publications and websites, including his popular blog, www.thewayofbeauty.org.
The lecture will be followed by a reception and sung Compline, the nighttime prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Admission is free but space is limited. We encourage you to arrive early to get a seat!
For those of you close to New York City, we invite you to a special Mass on Wednesday, November 6th at 6.30pm at the Church of St. Agnes.
Our annual Solemn Requiem Mass will feature Mozart’s dramatic setting, sung by a professional choir led by James Wetzel. This is a rare opportunity to experience Mozart’s monumental musical setting of the Catholic Requiem Mass in service of the liturgy for which it was written. The Mass will be offered for the souls of our deceased family members and fellow artists.
We’re grateful to our co-sponsors and friends at The NY Purgatorial Society and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny for helping to make this Mass possible!
Remember the Holy Souls throughout the month of November!
Here are some photos and an audio recording of last Saturday’s lecture and reception. Father Peter John Cameron gave a fascinating and inspiring presentation. We had a full house again. Thank you to all our members and the volunteers who made the evening such a success!
Here is the audio of the lecture. Before listening, we ask you to make a $2 donation to the CAS via Pay Pal. This helps us cover the costs of recording these talks and maintaining an audio archive for our members and friends. Thank you.
The Art of the Beautiful, the CAS lecture series co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, opened last Saturday, September 14th with a packed, standing-room only house at the Catholic Center at NYU.
Gregory Wolfe, author and editor of Image, one of the nation’s leading literary and art journals, treated the crowd to an entertaining and provocative lecture, making reference to the Chauvet cave paintings in France and the works of Michelangelo, Vermeer and Stephen De Staebler.
For further reading on the subject, he directed the audience’s attention to the works of the great 20th century Thomists, Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain, particularly The Arts of the Beautiful, Art and Scholasticism and Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry.
After a reception, the chapel was filled for chanted Compline, led by Father Austin Litke, OP and cantor James Wetzel. Thank you to all our members and friends who came to sing and who helped organize, photograph and record the evening. Thanks too to our generous Dominican hosts and co-sponsors, and to Michael Hannon of the Thomistic Institute in NY.
We look forward to posting a video of Mr. Wolfe’s talk soon.
Looking forward to seeing you at the next Art of the Beautiful lecture, featuring Fr. Peter John Cameron OP, editor of Magnificat.
Here is the audio for Gregory Wolfe’s lecture and the Q&A that followed…
There is no charge to access our audio files, but we do request you do one of two things when listening to our offerings:
1) make a $2.00 donation to the Catholic Artists Society via Pay Pal…
2) offer a decade of the Rosary for the intentions of the Society and the conversion of artists.
The Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute are pleased to announce a 6-part lecture series on the nature, purpose and value of the arts…
The monthly, Saturday-night series will take place in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village at the Catholic Catholic Center at NYU , and will feature talks by six renowned philosophers, theologians and artists. It is directed to professional artists in all disciplines, students and patrons of the arts, and to all those who take in interest in culture and artistic endeavor. Each lecture will be followed by a reception and the liturgy of sung Compline.
Attendance is free but space will be limited. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thomisticinstitute.org/nyartists
On June 28th, 2013, the CAS celebrated its third annual societal Mass for Artists at the Church of Our Saviour in New York City. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered in the ordinary form, ad orientem.
Father Gerald Murray, pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in NYC, was the celebrant, assisted by Father James Ferreira from St. Margaret of Cortona parish, also in NYC.
Father Murray’s homily can be heard in its entirety by clicking on this link…