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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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The Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series
published 24 January 2014 by Fr. David Friel

ENTION HAS BEEN MADE before on these pages of the Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series, sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute. Their next lecture is set for this weekend.

Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College will present on Love and Artistic Genesis this Saturday, January 25th, at 7:30 PM. The setting for the lecture is the Catholic Center at NYU (238 Thompson Street). The professor will be familiar to readers of Magnificat, First Things, Touchstone, and Latin Mass. Furthermore, among his recent titles are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, and a Commentary on the Roman Missal.

If you live within traveling distance of New York City, consider attending this or another of the lectures in the series. More information concerning The Catholic Artists Society is available on their homepage.