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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Suggested donation for non-members: $10

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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.

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