Jem Sullivan – October 28

The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art and the New Evangelization

Next up in our Art of the Beautiful series: Jem Sullivan, PhD. The lecture takes place Oct. 28, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at NYU. A reception and sung Compline will follow.

Admission for Sustaining Members: FREE
Suggested donation for non-members: $10


Dr. Sullivan is Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, and adjunct professor at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. She teaches courses on Catholic Education: Teaching and Learning, the Documents of Vatican II, and Christian Art and the New Evangelization. She is the author of the book The Beauty of Faith (2010), and she serves on the Sacred Arts Commission of the archdiocese and the Iconography Committee of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Dr. Sullivan writes for a variety of Catholic publications on catechetical themes. She is also the author of Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. She has served as catechetical consultant to the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Beauty opens to transcendence; it stirs and reawakens the spirit; art uplifts and gives wings to the soul.

From The Beauty of Faith

Previously she served as Education Consultant for a collaborative project on pastoral excellence funded by a Lilly Endowment grant. Dr. Sullivan is also a docent at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where she leads tours of the museum’s masterpiece collections. She received her doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with dissertation research in the area of patristic liturgical catechesis.

The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.

2017-2018 Lecture Series

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The Art of the Beautiful

Exploring how the Catholic Faith informs the arts


September 23

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B.

Dean of Education at the Abbey of Regina Laudis


October 28

Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception


December 2

Ross Douthat

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times


February 24

Duncan Stroik

Architect, Professor at the University of Notre Dame


March 24

Fr. George W. Rutler, S.T.D.

Author, EWTN Host, Pastor at the Church of St. Michael


April 28

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.

Author, Vicar for Formation at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer


Lectures are held at the Catholic Center at NYU and begin at 7:30PM. A reception and Compline follow.

Admission for Sustaining Members: Free
Admission for Non-members: Please Make a Donation

The Catholic Center is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.

Mother Dolores Hart – Sept. 23

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents Mother Dolores Hart, contemplative nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The lecture takes place at the Catholic Center at NYU, and begins at 7:30 PM. A book signing, reception, and sung Compline will follow.

Admission for Sustaining Members: FREE
Suggested donation for non-members: $20

Mother Dolores (Hart) standing on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis. (Photo by Suzanne Opton/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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.

The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park.


Mass For Artists: May 21

Dove of the Holy Spirit, Gianlorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

At The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

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!

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.

[John 14:15-17]

Audio of Maestro Manfred Honeck’s Art of the Beautiful lecture

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)

CAS Mass for Artists 2016



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!


Invitation to the CAS Annual Societal Mass

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!

Poster_CAS Mass for Artists 2016

Save the Date: CAS Mass for Artists, Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday, 26 May 2016

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.

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