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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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“If the right is given to African tribes to include their pagan traditions in the liturgy, I think the same should also be given to the rite of a thousand year-old Christian Church, based on a much older Roman tradition.”
— Professor László Dobszay

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What Happened To Our Catholic Artists?
published 31 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

075 Levels Original HEN I CONSIDER Catholic artwork from the Middle Ages—like this fantastic page from Trinity Sunday—I can’t help but wonder where our Catholic artists have gone. When I observe altars like this, I question why we cannot create more beautiful altars.

Allow me to introduce Christine O’Brien, who attends a very special Catholic Church along with her husband, Tim, and their four children. Christine is a graphic artist who provides custom clipart for teachers. (School teachers are always in need of fine clipart.)

I was born in the 1980s, but from what I can tell, the trend for ugly artwork—or artwork avoiding reference to Christ, saints, and so on—started with stuff like this in WLP’s Peoples Hymnal. Then “progressive” organizations continued this trend; for instance, here’s a bizarre image from the 1990 Collegeville hymnal. Such pictures stand in stark contrast to, for example, artwork like this, in the Campion Hymnal.

When I asked Christine if she could create liturgical artwork, she sent me this:

078 Catholic Vestments Solemn Mass


If your church needs custom Catholic clipart, why not send Christine an Email? Although she’s a busy mother, she might be able to fulfill your needs. 1 Let’s start the process of restoring beauty and dignity to our churches!



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   As you can see by viewing her store, her prices are quite reasonable.