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Lectures on Art and Faith in NYC

By Thomas V. Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Aug 26, 2014 | In On the Good

Last fall, Jeff Mirus posted about an upcoming lecture series, The Art of the Beautiful, put on by the Catholic Artists Society in Manhattan. The CAS is an association of artists and media professionals, centered in New York City, working for the greater glory of God and the common good. The Catholic Center, where the lectures are held, is a ministry of the Dominican Order at New York University.

The lectures are co-hosted by the Thomistic Institute, an academic institute devoted to Thomism as part of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. (The PFIC is located within, and commonly referred to as, the Dominican House of Studies.)

As CatholicCulture.org's NYC resident, I was able to attend most of last year's lectures and found them largely excellent, particularly those given by Gregory Wolfe, founder and editor of Image journal, the masterful orator Anthony Esolen, and Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., editor of Magnificat. Most of that series can be listened to on the CAS SoundCloud page..

This fall, The Art of the Beautiful returns with six more lectures. I'm less familiar with the lecturers this time around, save for Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, NE. But if they hew to the standard set last year, it should be a great series.

Aside from Bishop Conley, whose lecture will close the series, the speakers are Father John Saward (Oxford University), Ryan Topping (St. Thomas More College), Ms. Julia Yost (Yale University), Professor Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University) and Rev. Bruno M. Shah, O.P. (University of Notre Dame). Topics include film, Anglo-Catholic modernism, and the role of beauty in the New Evangelization.

Starting on October 11 with Fr. Saward's talk on "The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy," there will be one lecture every month through March, all on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm. Each is followed by a reception and the chanting of Compline (night prayer). The Catholic Center is located at 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012. I plan on attending, so perhaps I'll see you there!

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Apr. 05, 2017 6:28 PM ET USA

    In my parish, for the Penitential Rite, we have *never, ever* recited Form A, "I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault ..." We *always* recite Form C, the one where the priest says some short - often vacuous-sounding - prayers, and the congregation reflexively replies, "Lord, have mercy" and "Christ, have mercy." With the repetitive Form C, I rarely get the feeling of genuine prayer for forgiveness. Only Form A "says it all."

  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 05, 2017 2:33 PM ET USA

    Let's see, what could be added to the Mass of Resurrection that would lead to more prayers for the dead? Maybe many prayers for God's mercy with acknowledgement of our sinfulness, mentions of Judgement and the possibility of Hell, black vestments, the Dies Irae, a sermon on the Four Last Things, solemn chanting of the Propers and singing of hymns reminding us of our need for mercy. Or, just use the Missal of 1962.

  • Posted by: s.van.weede8661 - Apr. 05, 2017 2:33 AM ET USA

    Thank you for this article, Phil. It makes very clear that pious catholics should pray for the souls in purgatory, especially for them no one is praying for. I fear their number is increasing, but at the same time I am sure the Lord will multiply the power of our prayers. We should exhortate each other to pray for them continuously.