Mother Dolores left behind a brilliant career in Hollywood to join the monastery. By 1963, when she heard God’s call to her vocation, she had ten successful movies to her credit (including Francis of Assisi—see below), having shared the screen with Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, and Myrna Loy, among other notables. She had performed on television and on Broadway. For the latter she had earned a Tony nomination. But she knew the life of a contemplative was what God wanted for her.
“I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level.”
Mother Dolores’ mission as an actress did not end, but rather took a contemplative turn. She believes film can be an artistic medium for spiritual growth. And she helps young people find their vocation in Christ through the medium of the theater. In 1986, she founded The Gary-The Olivia Theater, an open air theater at the Abbey.
Mother Dolores’s autobiography is entitled The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows (2013). She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates: in Jurisprudence from Fairfield University and in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
A book signing, reception, and sung Compline will follow the lecture. The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.
Admission for Sustaining Members: FREE
Suggested donation for non-members: $20
The Catholic Artists Society cordially invites all members and friends to the annual Mass for Artists, Sunday, May 21, at 4 o’clock, at the newly restored Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Soho (Mott St. between Prince and Houston). The musical setting will be Gounod’s Mass No. 4 in C. The choir will also sing motets by Palestrina and Croce. The Mass is offered for all artists, that their hearts might be cleansed and their minds enlightened by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., will offer the Mass in the Ordinary Form.
A reception will follow in the Basilica courtyard, weather permitting. Bring a friend!
Internationally acclaimed conductor Maestro Manfred Honeck (Music Director, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) was the final speaker of the 2015-16 Art of the Beautiful series, sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Artists Society. In his very entertaining and informative presentation, Maestro Honeck addressed Faith in Music, delving into passages from Mozart and Bruckner’s works. (Photo by Felix Broede)
The Catholic Artists Society celebrated another milestone with the annual Mass for Artists. Held on the Feast of Corpus Christi at the charming Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village, the Solemn Mass included a Eucharistic procession around Fr. Demo Square. The musical setting of the Mass Ordinary was the stunning Missa sopra l’aria della Monica by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643). And of course there was much camaraderie at the reception following. Special thanks to the pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii, Fr. Walter Tonelotto for welcoming us, and to the sacred ministers: Fr. Michael Barone (Celebrant and homilist), Fr. Seán M. Connolly (Deacon), and Fr. Matthew MacDonald (Sub-deacon). We look forward to more Catholic Artists Society events after the summer break!
Please join us for our annual Mass for Artists on May 26, the Feast of Corpus Christi! This year we will sponsor a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village.
We pray for all artists, that their hearts might be cleansed and their minds enlightened by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit. We make reparation for the sacrileges, blasphemies, and profanations committed by artists, and we humbly ask our Lord’s pardon and declare our readiness to atone. And we pray for our Holy Mother Church, that it may please God to grant her peace, to guard, unite and guide her throughout the world, so that she may shine freely the light of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.
All are welcome!
Save the Date: The Catholic Artists Society’s annual societal Mass for artists, patrons and friends of the arts will be offered on the evening of the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday, May 26th at Our Lady of Pompeii in the West Village, New York City. Solemn Mass with a polyphonic setting will be followed by a procession and a reception. Details will be announced soon.
This year’s Art of the Beautiful series concludes Tuesday, April 5th, at 7 PM, with conductor Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Born in Austria, Mr. Honeck has worked to great acclaim with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. In the United States, Honeck has conducted the New York Philharmonic (with whom he is appearing next week), The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
His talk is entitled “Faith in Music.” A reception and sung Compline will follow. See you there!