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.
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!
A second Art of the Beautiful series is being planned for Autumn-Winter 2014-15. More information to follow!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
Many thanks to all who braved the snow and cold to attend last Saturday’s Art of the Beautiful lecture with Professor Alice Ramos. Those who made it were treated to an excellent presentation on Beauty and the Real. Thanks as always to our Dominican hosts and co-sponsors at the NYU Catholic Center and the Thomistic Institute!
The full text of Professor Ramos’ talk is below.
Summary: In a world of cognitive and moral relativism, where the true and the good have been called into question, we might also question Dostoyevsky’s claim that “Beauty will save the world”. Drawing on the works of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as Maritain’s The Responsibility of the Artist and Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good, Professor Ramos gives an account of what Beauty is and how it and our culture may be redeemed by a recovery of Truth and Goodness in the arts.
Click this link to download the text of Professor Ramos lecture: Professor Alice Ramos lecture_Beauty and the Real
Professor Ramos provided handouts with this suggested bibliography at the lecture: Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus and the Republic; questions relating to beauty and the good in St. Thomas’ Summa Theologiae (ST I, q. 5, a. 4, ad 1; ST I, q. 39, a. 8, resp; ST I-II, q. 27, a. 1, ad 3); Iris Murdoch The Sovereignty of the Good (NY: Schocken Books, 1971); Josef Pieper, Leisure, The Basis of Culture (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 1998); Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “The Beauty and the Truth of Christ”, L’Osservatore Romano, English edition, November 6, 2002; Roger Scruton, Beauty (Oxford UP, 2009). Also Professor Ramos’ edited book, Beauty, Art and the Polis (American Maritain Association, 2000, distributed by CUA) and her more recent Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012)
The next Art of the Beautiful event will be Love and Artistic Genesis, a presentation by Anthony Esolen, at 7.30pm, Saturday, January 25th at the Catholic Center at NYU. We look forward to seeing you there. Wishing all our members, patrons and friends a blesséd Advent and a joyous Christmastide!
The Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute in New York invite you to this fourth event in The Art of the Beautiful series: Professor Alice Ramos of St. John’s University will speak on Beauty and the Real.
Professor Ramos, a member of St. John’s University’s Philosophy department, has also lectured in Philosophy at the University of Navarre. She is a past president of the American Maritain Association and has edited several publications, including Art, Beauty and the Polis, a collection of essays on the subject of the arts from writers in the Thomistic-Aristotelian tradition.
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!
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).
Special thanks to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.