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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

Catholic Artists Society
published 21 September 2014 by Fr. David Friel

HIS YEAR’S Art of the Beautiful lecture series has a theme: “Redeeming Culture in Christ.” The series is a project of the The Catholic Artists Society, which describes itself as an association of artists and media professionals. Presented in conjunction with the Thomistic Institute, the lectures are quite popular, attracting not only excellent speakers but also robust audiences.

This season’s lecture series has a marked stress on beauty & aesthetics. Each in its own way, the talks look very appealing. Especially notable is the conclusion of the series, featuring Bishop Conley of Lincoln, NE. The speakers and topics will include:

The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy (Rev. John Saward, Blackfriars Hall, Oxfod University)
The Artist after God: A History with a Lesson (Ryan N. S. Topping, St. Thomas More College)
Aesthetics and Culture: Maritain, Modernity, & Beauty (Thomas S. Hibbs, Baylor University)
Anglo-Catholic Modernism: Writing Religious Beauty in the Modern Era (Julia Yost, Yale University)
Film, the Aesthetics of Death, and the Culture of Life: Picturing Motion after Modernity (Rev. Bruno M. Shah, OP, University of Virginia)
Beauty, Culture, & the New Evangelization (The Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln)

Anyone who lives within traveling distance to the Big Apple, take note. The series will be held on Saturday nights at 7:30 PM in the heart of Greenwich Village, followed by a reception and sung Compline. Again this year, these lectures look very worthwhile.