An Evening of Recollection for Men

The Catholic Artists Society cordially invites you to…

An Evening of Recollection
for Men in the Arts and Media
Monday, September 26th, 7:30 PM
Feast of Sts Cosmas and Damian Alderton House


The program includes Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, with a meditation offered by a priest of Opus Dei on themes related to the work of the artist and the spiritual life. Refreshments and conversation afterwards.

RSVP by Sunday, September 25th

Kevin Collins & Dino Marcantonio (
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Riverside Study Center is located at
330 Riverside Drive at 105th Street
Entrance on 105th Street
By Subway: 1 Train to 103rd Street

Hallowe’en Vespers, Lecture, and Reception

The Catholic Artists Society
The Catholic Artists Society is proud to announce its next event
Rose Window
Monday, October 31st, 6.30 PM
Church of St.Vincent Ferrer
Following its very successful inaugural event last May, the Catholic Artists Society invites artists, patrons, and friends to a special All Hallows Eve liturgy, lecture, and reception at the Dominican parish of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan (Lexington Avenue at 66th Street) at 6.30pm on October 31st, 2011.
We will celebrate the ancient and beautiful liturgy of Solemn First Vespers for All Saints, officiated by our special guest, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang. Fr. Bruno Shah, OP from St. Vincent Ferrer, and Fr. Michael Barone from the archdiocese of Newark, will assist in the liturgical celebration. Gregorian chant and polyphonic settings for vespers will be provided by the Schola Cantorum of St. Vincent Ferrer, under the direction of Dr. Mark Bani.
Art, Beauty and the Sacred
Fr. Uwe Michael LangFollowing vespers, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang will give a presentation entitled “Art, Beauty and the Sacred.” A native of Germany, Fr. Lang is a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London. He holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford, was ordained to the priesthood in 2004, and worked in parish and school ministry until 2007. He has published various articles on Patristics and liturgical studies, including his book Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer, which came out first in German in 2003 with a preface by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and has since been translated into various languages. Recently, he has edited and contributed to the volume The Genius of the Roman Rite: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives on Catholic Liturgy (Chicago 2010). Fr Lang is a staff member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and Coordinator of the Master’s program in “Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy” at the Università Europea di Roma/Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum. In September 2008, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.
A social with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will follow in the church hall.
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Inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s call to artists to be “custodians of Beauty” and “heralds and witnesses of Hope to humanity”, the Catholic Artists Society is an association of arts, entertainment and media professionals dedicated to working for the greater glory of God and the common good. In keeping with the aims of the New Evangelization, the Society seeks to reach out to all artists, as well as to patrons and audiences, to promote a public discourse on the meaning of Beauty, and to cultivate a greater understanding of Christianity’s contribution to the shaping of our cultural heritage and civilization.
For more information, go to our website

CAS Profiled in National Catholic Register

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that the Catholic Artists Society was recently profiled in the National Catholic Register by reporter Joseph Pronechen. We’ve attached the piece below for your convenience. A sincere thank you to Mr. Pronechen and the Register!

We are also happy to direct your attention to the Catholic Artists Society’s newly drafted Statement of Aims. Please look it over at your leisure. We hope it proves to be a sure guide in the coming years and decades.

Finally, we are putting the finishing touches on plans for a large social event for the CAS and friends this Fall. A formal announcement will be made shortly. In the meantime, save the evening of October 31st!

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Catholic Artists Society Inspires Beauty and Truth

By Joseph Pronechen

Take the idea of the medieval guild, add the spirituality of a fraternity and sodality, and the result is something several Catholic artists have been searching for: the Catholic Artists Society.

Although this apostolate was launched a year and a half ago in New York City, the Catholic Artists Society celebrated its official “inauguration” on May 15 at the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan.

More than 450 artists in various disciplines, friends and family, packed the church for the Mass in the extraordinary form celebrated by Father George Rutler, who appears frequently on EWTN.

Interestingly, Archbishop Fulton Sheen often celebrated Mass at this church.

After Mass, Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski spoke about how Ignatian spirituality might help an artist purify the imagination.

Artists came from throughout the archdiocese. Some traveled from upstate New York and even from Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. One came from England. The response surprised even actor Kevin Collins and architect Dino Marcantonio, both of whom were instrumental in forming the Catholic Artists Society.

“We felt there was a need for this,” Marcantonio says, “and that need far exceeded our expectations.”

For several years, Collins, who works in film, theater, and also does voice-over work, was looking for a Catholic artists’ group to join. A year and a half ago, a friend encouraged him to start his own meeting with evenings of recollection. That first evening, 25 people showed up.

Collins explains the purpose: “Certainly, prayer and spiritual formation would be the central component to whatever we did to give Catholic artists a sense of solidarity even in the religious sense. Rather than being a guild promoting us professionally, we would come together first and foremost for the sake of prayer. God has given us these talents, and what we want to do is give back to Him using these talents.

“We want to promote the spiritual development and the artistic development of artists and people in the media. We want to get more people involved and have a sense of a wider duty to be within their artistic discipline as a witness or apostle.”

The group draws Catholic artists from all disciplines: sacred artists, church organists, those working in theater, film, television and opera, musicians, and behind-the-scenes technicians such as cameramen and writers. But Collins looks to a quest they have in common — how can the average person in the arts be an apostle and sanctify his or her work?

Collins puts it this way: “How do I really do this in a way that is pleasing to God and serving him the way he wants me to serve him?”

The society’s plans call for the annual Mass, continuation of the regular evenings of recollection, some lectures, and, quite likely, other things too. An advisory board is being put together to help lead the apostolate.

As they proceed to keep the organization on the right track, Collins says they’re heeding the advice of a priest: “Listen to the Holy Spirit and see what God wants you to do.”

The evenings of recollection are well-suited to artists, according to Marcantonio: “We’re getting spiritual direction tailor-made for people in the creative industries.”

Spiritual guidance and several of the quarterly evenings of recollection have been given by Msgr. Javier Garcia de Cardenas, vicar secretary for the personal prelature of Opus Dei in the United States, who sees the opportunity as part of the New Evangelization.

He says it is important “that artists themselves, who are imbued in the Spirit of the Gospel, bring the Gospel so they preach not only in their art, but in everything they do in the spirit of Our Lord.”

For example, the aim is “not so much that they are going to produce Catholic entertainment, but that Catholics who are in entertainment will bring the Spirit of the Gospel to what they do.”

What do participants think?

Classical pianist Joe Shippee from New York, who is working on a master’s degree in music, participates “because friendships rooted in faith and united by work build up the faithful in our quest for holiness.”

“All too often, today’s artistic world encourages art as a purely relativist medium,” Shippee says, but a Catholic society for artists “is a valuable network that fosters art as representations of objective truths rather than subjective perceptions.”

Says Sarah de Nordwall, a poet, bard and founder of the Bard School in London, “I have already been inspired to tackle some excellent reading on (Jacques) Maritain.”

Viewing art “within the framework of orthodox Catholic thinking, which is not as available in England as it is in America” is important to her.

“It encouraged me to pursue the international dimension of my bardwork, my commitment to the training and support of artists,” she continued, “since we can become a prophetic witness to the mystery of the human person and the beauty of God, as long as we remain rooted in grace and authentic community.”

De Nordwall hopes the Society will develop into an element of the grassroots support necessary “to enable artists to sustain a career which can bring a vision of hope to a world lost in confusion and in desperate need of the blessings of a transfigured imagination.”

Collins adds, “I’ve long aspired to be the kind of artist that Jacques Maritain describes in his Responsibility of the Artist, one serving the good of his art, the common, societal good, but also and most importantly, serving God and working for the good of his own soul. The CAS has giving me practical means for improving in these areas”: adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, reading Scripture, especially the Psalms, and living more intimately with the Church’s liturgical calendar, moving through the life of Christ and lives of the saints.

This last aspect has given him a deeper awareness of great examples for Christian artists to follow, “like Blessed Fra Angelico and St. Catherine of Bologna, and those who strove for holiness in more recent times, like Antoni Gaudí and (organist and composer) Olivier Messiaen. This synthesis of my artistic life with my faith has also led me to a deeper participation in each moment, word and action of the holy Mass, which in its traditional form is perhaps the greatest and most perfect work of Western art.”

Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen is based in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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Mass for Artists Fills Church of Our Saviour

The event attracted working artists from all disciplines – architecture, music, theatre, film, opera, dance, the visual arts and related media. Prominent artists came from all over the New York archdiocese, and from as far away as Rochester, Boston, Philadelphia and London, England. 

The Catholic Artists Society would like to thank Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, Fr. Joseph Koterski, and Fr. Michael Barone, as well as Mark Froeba, Eddy Torribio, Samuel Howard, Mallory Danaher and all those who generously provided material and spiritual support. Stay tuned for future events sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society!

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Music Program
Prelude: Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572: Très Vitement; Gravement; Lentement (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)

Missa Super Credidi Propter (Orlando di Lasso, c.1532-1594)
Introit: Spiritus Domini (plainsong, mode viii)
Alleluia: Emitte Spiritum tuum (plainsong, mode iv)
Alleluia: Veni Sancte Spiritus (plainsong, mode ii)

Credo: Kyriale: III (plainsong, mode v)

Motet at the Offertory: Tibi laus, tibi gloria (Peter Philips, 1561-1628)
Offertory: Confirma hoc Deus (plainsong, mode iv)
Communion: Factus est repente (plainsong, mode vii)
Motet at the Communion: Veni Creator Spiritus (G.P. da Palestrina, c.1525-1594)

Hymn at the retiring procession: Come Down, O Love Divine (Down Ampney)
Postlude: Apparition de l’Église éternelle (Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992)

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Tibi laus, tibi gloria, tibi gratiarum actio in saecula sempiterna, O beata Trinitas.
Caritas Pater est, gratia Filius, communicatio Spiritus Sanctus, O beata Trinitas.
Verax est Pater, veritas Filius, veritas Spiritus Sanctus, O beata Trinitas.
Pater et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus una substantia est, O beata Trinitas.
Et benedictum nomen gloriae tuae sanctum: et laudabile et super exaltatum in saecula. 

Praise to you, glory to you, thanksgiving to you forever and ever, O blessed Trinity.
The Father is charity, the Son grace, the Holy Spirit imparting goodness: O blessed Trinity.
The Father is conveying the truth, the Son is truth, the Holy Spirit truth: O blessed Trinity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one substance, O blessed Trinity.
And blessed is the Holy Name of your glory, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.