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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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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.