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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— 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.