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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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.