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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology 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

Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series 2017-2018
published 10 September 2017 by Fr. David Friel

HERE EXISTS in New York City an organization devoted to supporting the vocation of artists. Formed in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 address to a Meeting of Artists, the Catholic Artists Society strives to support artists by encouraging their ongoing spiritual and artistic development. The society addresses the fraternal, spiritual, and intellectual needs of its members.

One of the ways in which the group promotes intellectual development is through an annual lecture series. This year’s lineup of speakers and topics looks excellent.

The 2017-2018 Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series will include:

September 23, 2017 • Mother Dolores Hart, OSB • Dean of Education at the Abbey of Regina Laudis
October 28, 2017 • Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. • Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC)
December 2, 2017 • Ross Douthat • Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
February 24, 2018 • Duncan Stroik • Architect, Professor at the University of Notre Dame
March 24, 2018 • Rev. George W. Rutler, STD • Author, Pastor of the Church of St. Michael, NYC
April 28, 2018 • Rev. Innocent Smith, OP • Author, Vicar for Formation at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC

The series is hosted at the Catholic Center at NYU (238 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park). Lectures begin at 7:30 PM and are followed by a reception and the celebration of Compline. Admission is free for members of the society, while a donation is requested of non-members.