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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

Formed in Beauty Lectures
published 27 January 2019 by Fr. David Friel

StJohnCantiusChurch EDICATED to “beauty, evangelization, and the greater glory of God,” the Catholic Art Guild is a lay apostolate that seeks to restore the sacred in the visual arts. The Guild’s home is Chicago’s Church of St. John Cantius, well-known to many of our readers for its extraordinary commitment to sacred liturgy and the arts.

In each of the last two years, the Catholic Art Guild has hosted a “Formed in Beauty” conference and gala that has featured several eminent speakers. In 2017, Sir Roger Scruton, Duncan Stroik, and Denis McNamara were among the speakers, and the 2018 conference included Alexander Stoddart and Peter Kwasniewski.

For those of us who were not able to attend the conference in either year, the good news is that videos of the presentations have been posted online and are freely available.

Videos for the 2017 conference
Videos for the 2018 conference

Each of these presentations is well worth a listen.

The Catholic Art Guild is to be commended for organizing such interesting conferences and for making these rich lectures so easily accessible.