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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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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.