William Spencer Reilly – Nov. 15

Timothy Leary’s Dead – “Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In”

On Thursday, November 15, Mr. William Spencer Reilly, Executive Director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture presents “Timothy Leary’s Dead – Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In.” He will discuss how the arts–in particular, telling good stories well–can be a way to evangelize and rebuild Catholic community.

The lecture takes place Thursday (not Saturday!), November 15, 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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William Spencer Reilly is the Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, a project of the Archdiocese of New York. He has led this new performing arts center from pre-opening, through its gala inaugural celebrations, and now through its first three seasons of theater, talk, film, music, opera, and dance. In less than three years, The Sheen Center has presented more than 150 shows ranging from one-night talks and concerts to longer running theater productions.

Reilly has worked for other Catholic organizations previously, as Executive Producer of The Christopher Awards’ Golden Jubilee Celebration; and Executive Director of Fordham University’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, a year-long series of events, the longest and largest celebration in the history of the university. Reilly also founded the annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day® event with a mission to reclaim the true spirit of the day.

Prior to joining The Sheen Center, Reilly spent 12 years at Odyssey Networks, ending his tenure as the Executive Vice President, Creative Strategies, Production & Partnerships. During his tenure, Reilly was responsible for producing more than 1,000 hours of television, which garnered 30 major awards. He built partnerships with a variety of international broadcasters, expanding the network’s footprint, streamlining production costs, and boosting revenue. He served as President and CEO of Lightworks Pictures, an Odyssey Network subsidiary, where four of his films were among the highest-rated movies in the history of the Hallmark Channel. Reilly cut his teeth as the CEO of Sea Lion Productions, Inc., which produced the highest rated outdoor sports program on ESPN.

Earlier in his career, Reilly was the founding Executive Director of BMCC-CUNY’s TriBeCa Performing Arts Center and Program Director for The American Theatre Wing (founders of the TONY Awards), where he created the long-running and popular cable TV series, “Working in the Theatre,” which became the longest running cable TV show in New York City at 38 years.

Samuel A. Schmitt, Ph.D. – October 13

The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt, American Artist

Don’t miss the first lecture of our 2017-2018 series! Samuel Schmitt presents “The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt, American Artist.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, October 13, 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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The vision of American artist Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) embraced the breadth of the Catholic tradition in its mystical, sacramental, historical, and ascetical dimensions, relating these to the seven fine arts and to the life of the artist himself. Rather than vehicles of self-expression or moral instruction, he saw the fine arts as an image of reality in its fullness, which reality is itself an image of the Triune God.

As a young man, Schmitt foresaw the arduous journey he would have to make to realize this vision in his own vocation as an artist. Drawing on the evangelical counsels, his life and his art took a threefold path through what he called the mystical virtues of purity, poverty, and humility, corresponding to the lyric, epic, and dramatic stages of artistic development. The fruit of this journey was a clear vision of things seen in the masterworks of his maturity.

Samuel A. Schmitt is Executive Director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation which seeks to further the legacy of his grandfather, the early Silvermine artist CarlSchmitt. He is the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty. He holds a doctorate in music history from the Catholic University of America and presently serves as Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Bridgeport. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and six young children.


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2018 – 2019 Lecture Series

The Art of the Beautiful

Exploring how the Catholic Faith informs the arts


Saturday, October 13

Samuel A. Schmitt, Ph.D.

President & Executive Director, the Carl Schmitt Foundation

Author, Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty


Thursday, November 15

William Spencer Reilly

Executive Director of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

Producer for Television and Theater


Saturday, February 23

Mary Ann Miller, Ph.D.

Founding Editor of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

Chair of English, Caldwell University


Saturday, March 9

Raymond Arroyo

Author, Will Wilder 3: The Amulet of Power (February 2019)

News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News


Saturday, April 13

Robert Imbelli, SJ

Author, Rekindling the Christic Imagination

Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus, Boston College


Lectures are at 7:30 PM, followed by a reception and Compline

Catholic Center at NYU

238 Thompson St.

Just south of Washington Square Park


Admission for Sustaining Members: Free

Admission for Non-members: Please Make a Donation

 

 

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.