Fr. Robert Imbelli – April 13

The Catholic Artist as Custodian of Real Presence

Our final lecture of the season! Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM, Fr. Robert P. Imbelli, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology at Boston College and author of Rekindling the Christic Imagination, presents “The Catholic Artist as Custodian of Real Presence.” The lecture will be followed by a reception.

The event takes place at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). At 9:15 PM, after the reception, join us for Compline in the chapel.

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In his address to artists in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI said: “the experience of beauty does not remove us from reality, on the contrary, it leads to a direct encounter with the daily reality of our lives, liberating it from darkness, transfiguring it, making it radiant and beautiful.” And speaking directly to the artists present in the Sistine Chapel he added: “You are the custodians of beauty … you yourselves are to be heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity!”

One way to speak of the “darkness” that afflicts many is that of the absence of final meaning and thus of ultimate hope. The artist illuminates the darkness by offering signals of transcendence, intimations of presence and purpose, that nourish and sustain.

For the Catholic artist these “hints and guesses” (T.S. Eliot) find their foundation in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist who calls believers to embrace a Eucharistic way of life.

The Catholic artist whose imagination is kindled by the real presence of Christ is called, like Gerard Manley Hopkins, to be an advocate and custodian of real and transfiguring presence in the world.

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, studied in Rome during the years of the Second Vatican Council and was ordained there in 1965. He received his S.T.L. from the Gregorian University (Rome) and obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Yale University in 1972.

He has taught theology at the New York Archdiocesan Seminary and at the Maryknoll School of Theology; and has been visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary and Fordham University.

From 1986 to 2015 Father Imbelli taught Systematic Theology at Boston College, and is currently Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus. He was “Visiting Scholar” at Seton Hall University in Spring 2017 and at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, in Spring 2018.

His numerous articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Theological Studies, Communio, Worship, First Things, Commonweal, and America.

Father Imbelli contributed the article on “Holy Spirit” to The New Dictionary of Theology, wrote the “Foreword” to Cardinal Avery Dulles, Church and Society (Fordham: 2008), and edited the volume, Handing on the Faith: the Church’s Mission and Challenge (2nd printing: Crossroad: 2017).

His book, Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations on the New Evangelization, was published by Liturgical Press in 2014 and won a first place award from the Catholic Publishers’ Association. His lecture series, “Christic Imagination: How Christ Transforms Us,” was issued in 2018 by “Now You Know Media.”

 

Evening of Recollection – April 1, 6:30 PM

The Catholic Artists Society invites you to a Lenten Evening of Recollection April 1, 6:30 PM, at the beautiful Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Regis High School. Fr. J. Patrick Hough, S.J., will offer a reflection entitled “The Jesuit Examen: Practical and Timely Help for Lent.”

The evening will include opportunity for confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and Benediction. A reception will follow. The suggested donation is $10.

Fr. Patrick Hough, S.J. is a Jesuit priest currently assigned at Regis High School in New York City. A native of the U.K., Fr. Hough has lived in England, Australia, Italy and, since 2002, in the United States. He has graduate degrees from Leeds University, the Gregorian University in Rome, Fordham University, and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Fr. Hough has been a consummate traveler all of his life and has worked in various Jesuit High Schools around the world, teaching history, theology, and music. In 2011 he was asked by National Geographic to be the presenter of a major documentary that investigated the authenticity of the Crown of Thorns. He enjoys rowing and has coached extensively. Fr. Hough is a pianist, organist, and conductor, and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Barbican in London.

 

 

Raymond Arroyo – March 9

The Power of Stories

On Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 PM, bestselling author, journalist, and television producer Raymond Arroyo presents a lecture entitled “The Power of Stories.” It will be followed by a book signing of his new book Will Wilder 3: The Amulet of Power. The event takes place at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). After the reception, join us for  Compline in the chapel.

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Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. As founding News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News, he is seen in more than 350 million homes on six continents each week and heard on more than 500 AM/FM affiliates and a stand alone Sirius channel throughout the US. Mr. Arroyo established EWTN News and The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts from Washington DC each week.

Known for his penetrating interviews, Mr. Arroyo has interrogated the leading figures of the day. Highlights include: The first exclusive, sit down interview with Mel Gibson about his film, “The Passion of the Christ”; Mother Teresa of Calcutta; Placido Domingo; Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, a groundbreaking interview with comic legend, Jerry Lewis, and the first and only English interview with Pope Benedict XVI.

Mr. Arroyo has anchored coverage of more live papal events than anyone in the industry– including the passing of Pope John Paul the Second, as well as the election and major international travels of Pope Benedict. During the Conclave of 2013, Arroyo served as a CNN Contributor and was part of the team that covered Pope Francis’ first appearance, live.

Before coming to EWTN, Mr. Arroyo worked for the Associated Press, The New York Observer and the political columnist team of Evans and Novak.

Mr. Arroyo is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with some of the finest acting instructors in the world, among them: Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, Uta Hagen, and Beatrice Straight. He has acted and directed in New York and London.

In addition to his work at EWTN, Mr. Arroyo has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood, The O’Reilly Factor, Erin Burnett Outfront, and the Laura Ingraham Show. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Mr. Arroyo is producer and host of the PBS musical special, “Christmastime in New Orleans” featuring Wendell Pierce, Jim Caviezel and the city’s great chefs. He is also producer of the bestselling, all star, audio bibles, “The Word of Promise” (Thomas Nelson) and “The Truth and Life Audio Bible” (Zondervan) as well as a Billboard Chart topping PBS Christmas special and CD “The Birth of Christ” hosted by Liam Neeson (Sony Classics). Five of his adult books, including his biography of Mother Angelica, were all New York Times Bestsellers. His Will Wilder series for young readers is a multi-book collection. “Will Wilder 3: The Amulet of Power” (Random House) published in February of 2019. In 2015, Mr. Arroyo founded Storyented.com, a literacy initiative to inspire reading by connecting the world’s great authors and their readers.

He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Rebecca and their three children.

Mary Ann Miller, Ph.D. – Feb. 23

Contemporary Catholic Poetry: Imagination Formed by Faith

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Dr. Mary Ann Miller presents “Contemporary Catholic Poetry: Imagination Formed by Faith.” The lecture takes place Saturday, February 23, 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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If the words “contemporary” and “Catholic” anywhere in proximity to the word “poetry” raise your eyebrows in alarm at thoughts of inaccessibility, little artistic merit or dubious faith, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.  A growing number of poets are responding to current efforts to bring to the public eye new poems of high artistic quality that are wholly “of our time” and yet situated firmly within the continuum of the rich artistic heritage of the Catholic faith.   Please join Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller to read and examine a selection of poems recently published in the first two issues (or forthcoming in the third issue) of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry.  Miller will discuss how the imaginations of these poets are shaped by, even as they often grapple with, a variety of tenets of the faith, such as God’s personal relationship with us both as “Father” and “lover” and our corresponding identities as God’s children and spouse, God’s grace working through natural means, the importance of our self-examination of conscience, the intercession of the saints, and our participation in a continued relationship between the living and the dead.


Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller is professor and chair of English at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ, a Catholic institution in the Dominican tradition. She is editor of St. Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2014), a collection of over 100 poems, written by 70 poets from across the USA, and founding editor of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, an international annual print publication, in its third year of production. Visit www.catholicpoetryjournal.com.

Miller works to publicize the work of Presence authors by exhibiting the journal at a variety of national conferences, including the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the  biannual conferences on The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination, sponsored first in 2015 by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California,  Los Angeles, and second in 2017 by the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, as well as the first conference devoted to “Trying to Say ‘God’,” held at the University of Notre Dame in summer 2017.  Other venues have included the biannual Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March 2018.

She frequently teaches an Introduction to Poetry course, in which she offers her students the opportunity to host public readings for local, published poets.  She also teaches a Catholic writers (of literature) course, as well as Victorian, modern, and contemporary poetry.   She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and her M.A. from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.


Contemporary Catholic poetry “conveys God’s presence in any number of ways—by exploring the intersection of matter and spirit, by depicting the struggle between belief and doubt, by questioning the faith, being surprised by it, taking joy in it, even finding humor in it.”

Presence’s mission statement

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

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli

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

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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.