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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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.