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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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Some are called not to much speaking, | nor to conversations about the Church, | but, rather, to a deep silence | and to a life hidden in the heart of the Church, | far from wrangling tongues, from speculations, and discord. [ … ] This is the essence of a Eucharistic monastic life.
— Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby (Meditation on Colossians 3:3)

Essence, Form, Experience
published 21 August 2016 by Fr. David Friel

189 FRIEL ECENTLY announced, the line-up of speakers for the 2016-2017 “Art of the Beautiful” lecture series looks impressive. Sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society, the goal of these lectures is to explore how the Catholic faith informs the arts.

Among this round of lecturers is a diverse group of sculptors, painters, playwrights, philosophers, sacred musicians, and even the Bishop of Bridgeport.

The speakers and lectures from previous years of the lecture series may be viewed here: 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

This year’s lectures will be presented as follows:

September 17, 2016: Anthony Visco, Image, Likeness, and Transcendence
November 19, 2016: James Patrick Reid, Art and Transformation
December 10, 2016: Dr. Jennifer Donelson, The Sacred Liturgy as Primary Source for the Artist’s Imagination
February 11, 2017: Dr. Daniel McInerny, Keeping Faith in the Philosophy of Stories
March 25, 2017: Dr. Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz, Beauty, Piety, and Delight in Medieval Literature
April 8, 2017: Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Daring to Love the Beautiful One

These lectures will be held in the Catholic Center at NYU (238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012). Each lecture begins at 7:30 PM and is followed by a reception and sung Compline.