American Catholic by the Franciscans
A Catholic website that features daily meditations, the Saint of the Day, and common Catholic prayers: http://www.americancatholic.org.
Biblical and Religious Art and Music
This site offers a wealth of “Electronic New Testament Educational Resources,” by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.: http://catholic-resources.org/Art/index.html.
“This library contains the wit and wisdom of nearly 2000 years of Catholic authorship” at http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library.
A general Catholic information website that has a page devoted to prayers: http://www.catholic.org.
Diocese of Austin (Texas), Fine Arts Council
The mission of the Fine Arts Council is to “act as a catalyst and lead a renaissance in visual religious fine art with a focus on the Judeo-Christian faith”: http://www.austindiocese.org/offices-ministries/offices/fine- arts-council.
This is the official website of the Shrine of Fatima: http://www.fatima.pt/en.
International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton
The goal of this institute is to gather and present information about the Virgin Mary and to lead people to a loving knowledge of her in order to develop a more complete knowledge of Christ, His Church, and Christian life: https://www.udayton.edu/imri.
This is the official website of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes: http://en.lourdes-france.org.
For handy reference, this site is updated regularly and lists churches and Mass times all over the world: http://www.masstimes.org.
New Liturgical Movement
This site offers many articles across the spectrum of Church liturgical and art history: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org.
Papal Encyclicals Online
This website is not sponsored by the Vatican, but it contains a highly accessible database of papal encyclicals and other official Church documents. The webmaster is a Catholic layman who wants these documents to be more widely known; he does not accept donations for his work. Prayers, however, are “gladly appreciated and accepted.” http://www.papalencyclicals.net.
This website features “restored, royalty-free, high resolution art”: http://restoredtraditions.com.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
General website has links to various Catholic topics and issues. During the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter the main page will have prayer resources: http://www.usccb.org. The USCCB New American Bible page has a calendar for the daily Mass readings and other prayer links: http://www.usccb.org/bible/index.cfm.
Vatican (The Holy See)
Here you can find all the history and documents and current events relating to the Catholic Church, the Vatican, and the papacy. Choose your language at:
Vatican Radio (Radio Vaticana)
Again, choose your language, at: http://www.radiovaticana.va.
MAKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THEOLOGY AND AESTHETICS
People and Organizations:
Catholic Artists Society
Catholic Artists Society, New York, New York, http://www.catholicartistssociety.org, seeks to encourage the ongoing artistic and spiritual development of artists and media professionals, so that their work may more perfectly reflect God’s glory. It also seeks to help patrons and audiences understand more perfectly God’s purposes for the artistic vocation.
Catholic News Agency
Comments of His Holiness Pope Francis to Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an international organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the Vatican’s vast collection of art. The Pope assured them that their contributions have helped to give witness to the gospel message. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-art-expresses-the-beauty-of-faith, October 19, 2013.
David Clayton, internationally known artist and author of two books: The Way of Beauty and The Little Oratory – A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home (co-written with Leila Lawler). He is provost of Pontifex University, http://www.pontifex.university, and writes regularly for the Pontifex University “Beauty of Catholicism” blog, at https://blog.pontifex.university. He also writes on sacred art for the New Liturgical Movement website. Contact him via email.
His Excellency Bishop James Conley
His Excellency Bishop James Conley, Lincoln, Nebraska. From a talk the bishop gave to the Catholic Artists Society on March 14, 2015, in New York, New York: “Art forms souls” — The vocation of artist is essential to the New Evangelization — Beauty is a transcendent language — Beauty consists of integrity, proportion, and light (St. Thomas Aquinas) — God is mystery, and great art reveals “echoes of the mysteries of creation.” [Notes taken by AHS.]
Corpus Christi Watershed
Corpus Christi Watershed, http://www.ccwatershed.org, provides a free download of 49 Catholic hymnals, plus resources relating to sacred music and the Roman liturgy (both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms). This group of musicians and writers is dedicated to exploring and embodying the relationship between religion, culture, and the arts. Members employ the creative media in service of theology, the Church, and Christian culture for the enrichment and enjoyment of the public.
Caroline Farey, Ph.D., Director of Studies at School of the Annunciation, Centre for the New Evangelisation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon, England, http://schooloftheannunciation.com. The School dedicates itself to catechetics and the New Evangelization, and consecrates all of its activities to Mary, full of grace.
Carl Fougerousse, Catholic sculptor, painter, and glass artist who has taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Currently, he continues to teach at the Telfair Museum of Art and is a frequent lecturer at parishes and universities around the country. In 2009 he began an effort to found an academy for the study of sacred arts through Red Fern Fine Art Studio. To find out more about the Sacred Arts Academy please follow the link: https://sites.google.com/site/redfernacademy. To contact Mr. Fougerousse, call 917.204.0417
or go to www.redfernfineartstudio.com; email.
Father Charles Klamut
Father Charles Klamut , pastor and author. See “Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury.” HPRWEB. Homiletic Pastoral Review, 15 Jan. 2013. Web. <http://www.hprweb.com/2013/01/beauty-a-necessity-not-a-luxury/>.).
Sacred Art Institute
Sacred Art Institute, Enders Island, Mystic, Connecticut, http://www.endersisland.com. The Sacred Art Institute is just one part of the Enders Island experience, which consists also of retreats, recovery opportunities, spiritual development, and educational programs for lay men and women, religious sisters and brothers, and priests. The focus is on the healing, nurturing, educational, and sacramental aspects of retreats and spiritual recovery.
Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC.
- The Beauty of Faith: How to Use Christian Art to Spread the Good News. Our Sunday Visitor, 2009.
- Featured art essays in Magnificat, The Catechetical Review, and Word Among Us.
- Karol: The Boy Who Became Pope (Saint John Paul II). An illustrated children’s book from Neumann Press, 2014.
- EWTN documentary, “The Beauty of Faith,” an hour-long special on Christian art and beauty in evangelization, originally aired in November 2016.
- Guest on featured segment, “The Beauty of Faith” on EWTN News Nightly television program.
- Sacred Art: Spiritual Principles for Faithful Interpretation. Catholic Courses, 2013. DVD. This is an eight-part course for parish-based groups and apostolates, available from St. Benedict’s Press/TAN Books, at https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/jem-sullivan-ph-d-.html.
Most recently, Dr. Sullivan has written an article on the Della Robbia exhibit (“Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence”), which opened on February 5, 2017, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The online article can be found at http://catholicphilly.com/2017/02/us-world-news/culture/rare-della-robbia-exhibit-celebrates-renaissance-art-family-and-faith. Dr. Sullivan can be reached via email.
Bettigole, Michel, and J. D. Childs
Bettigole, Michel, and J. D. Childs. The Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith through Literature, Art, Film, and Music. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 2010.
Bowles, Jon. Art & Faith: Reclaiming the Artistic Essence of the Church. Kansas City: House Studio, 2012.
Couchman, Judith. The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images. Brewster: Paraclete, 2012.
Kellmeyer, Steven. Artfully Teaching the Faith. Peoria, IL: Bridegroom, 2004.
L’Engle, Madeleine. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art. Wheaton, IL: H. Shaw, 1980.
Pieper, Josef. Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1990.
Saward, John. The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty: Art, Sanctity, and the Truth of Catholicism. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.
Sullivan, Jem. The Beauty of Faith: Using Christian Art to Spread the Good News. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2009.
Twomey, Vincent, and Janet Elaine. Rutherford
Twomey, Vincent, and Janet Elaine. Rutherford. Benedict XVI and Beauty in Sacred Art and Architecture: Proceedings of the Second Fota International Liturgical Conference, 2009. Dublin: Four Courts, 2011.
Verdon, Timothy. Art & Prayer: The Beauty of Turning to God. Brewster, Mass: Paraclete, 2014.
Viladesau, Richard. Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art. New York: Oxford UP, 2013.
Viladesau, Richard. Theology and the Arts: Encountering God through Music, Art, and Rhetoric. New York: Paulist, 2000.