Audio and photos from Solemn Requiem Mass – Mozart’s Requiem – November 6, 2013

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


David Clayton’s lecture – Forming the Artist, November 16, 2013 – full audio

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.

David Clayton photo from lecture_1

(Photo: Joel Pidel)

You can hear Mr. Clayton’s brilliant lecture below.

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The next lecture will be on Saturday, December 14th. Professor Alice Ramos of St. John’s University will speak on Beauty and the Real.

Forming the Artist – an evening with David Clayton

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,

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!