Fr. Ted Hesburgh by Wilson Miscamble

Considered for many decades to be the most influential priest in America, famed Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh played what many consider pivotal roles in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs.

American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh examines his life and his many and varied engagements — from the university he led for 35 years to his associations with the Vatican and the White House — and evaluates the extent and importance of his legacy.

Author and Notre Dame priest-professor Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C. tracks how Hesburgh transformed Catholic higher education in the postwar era and explores how he became a much-celebrated voice in America at large. Yet, beyond the hagiography that often surrounds Hesburgh’s legacy, lies another more complex and challenging story.

Following Fr. Miscamble’s presentation, he will be joined in conversation by Francis X. Maier, Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and William McGurn, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and author of the weekly “Main Street” column, and former Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

Virtue in America: Hope

Virtue? What is it and why does it still matter?

Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review hosts this new talk series. She explores the Christian understanding of virtue and the critical role it plays preserving civilization and elevating culture today — more than ever. First up: the virtue of hope. Lopez will be joined by Peter Wehner, Senior Advisor to the George W. Bush administration, contributor to The New York Times Opinion section and author of The Death of Politics; Michael R. Wear, member of President Obama’s faith-based initiatives outreach team and author of Reclaiming Hope; and Kristen Hanson, Community Relations Advocate at the Patients Rights Action Fund.

The 2019 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture

Obeying Our Own Creations: God and Disenchantment in Amazon’s World
A lecture by William T. Cavanaugh on idolatry and secularization

A century ago, Max Weber declared that the modern Western world was disenchanted: gods and spirits were pushed aside by rationalizing forces, especially science and capitalism.  But Weber also worried about a new type of enchantment, that people had become subjected to forces of our own making that were increasingly out of our control.  This lecture explores disenchantment and enchantment in a world dominated by, the epitome of rationalization, and the purveyor of magical commodities.

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads, chaired its advisory board from its establishment in 2007 until he passed away on October 24, 2014. In order to honor his memory, to deepen his profound intuitions about the interaction of culture with religiosity and reason, and to follow his shining example of dialogue with people in various walks of life by meeting them at the level of human experience, Crossroads has established the “Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture.” Its goal is to become an annual occasion and a meeting place, a crossroads, where we can develop an understanding of why culture matters and where it finds its origin.

William Cavanaugh is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University.  His degrees are from the universities of Notre Dame, Cambridge, and Duke. He is the author of seven books and editor of four more.  He has lectured on six continents, and his writings have been published in 12 languages.
William Cavanaugh

Elizabeth Lev: How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s seminal Letter to Artists with two lively evenings that examine the intersection of faith and art.

Rome-based art historian Dr. Elizabeth Lev, will discuss her book How Catholic Art Saved the Faith.

More than 500 years after the Reformation, Elizabeth Lev shows how the Catholic Church responded to this turbulent age by finding an artistic voice to proclaim Truth through beauty. Exploring the works of Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and countless other Counter-Reformation artists, Dr. Lev shows how Catholic art in the 16th and 17th centuries was designed to confront challenges raised by the Reformation with soothing and persuasive voice of art.

“Elizabeth Lev is one of the foremost art historians and experts on the city of Rome. In How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, she skillfully shows how one of the most effective responses to the Protestant Reformation was not argument, but art. The splendid works of Catholic art are not just beautiful; they also evangelize and bring us closer to Jesus by revealing truth. In this insightful and compelling book, you will come away with an even greater appreciation for the way in which the art of the Catholic Reformation not only responded to a difficult challenge, but also deepened the faith of countless generations of Catholics, up until today.” – Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

“In a series of finely crafted and absorbing essays, Elizabeth Lev actually demonstrates how, at a crucial moment in the Church’s history, artists used paintbrush and chisel to proclaim the Gospel. This book will be extremely helpful for catechists, teachers, preachers, and I daresay, for artists themselves. ” – Bishop Robert Barron

“A treat for the eye and the soul” – Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

“This book will captivate those who love art, the Faith, and great writing.” – Father Roger J. Landry, Catholic Voices USA

An Evening with George Winston

George Winston returns to The Sheen Center after his sold out shows in April 2017 and November 2018. He will once again be playing favorite pieces spanning his five-decade career, which includes nearly 20 solo albums and soundtracks.

Celebrated pianist George Winston released his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Records on May 3, 2019.  George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander. Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world – his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.

George Winston’s classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017’s Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums.

Commencing on March 21, 2019 George Winston embarked on a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of Restless Wind throughout the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest.

George Winston plays Steinway Pianos.


Richard John Neuhaus by Randy Boyagoda

Join us as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential figures in 20th Century American Catholicism, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.

Focusing on his years serving as a priest here in the Archdiocese of New York, Randy Boyagoda, Professor of English at the University of Toronto and author of Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square will be joined in conversation by First Things editor, R.R. Reno.

Arte Fogata: Art Workshop Bolivia

Arte Fogata is a visual arts workshop project created by Brooklyn based artist Robert Aitchison.

Aitchison teaches art workshops to children living in vulnerable communities susceptible to adverse challenges such as economic poverty and homelessness. Currently operating in several locations throughout Bolivia, Arte Fogata offers children the opportunity to explore creativity and express themselves in a safe, positive, compassionate environment.

Arte Fogata: Art Workshop Bolivia is an exhibition featuring artworks created by children participating in workshops in La Paz and Huajchilla, Bolivia.

This is the first exhibition of the children’s artwork in the United States.

WFUV Marquee Event with Son Little

Son Little, the musical nom de plume of LA’s Aaron Earl Livingston, has announced his new album aloha, due January 31st on ANTI- As previewed with the release of last month’s invisible EP and early single, “hey rose,” which The New York Times described as comprising “bluesy distorted guitar chords, a hint of Latin rhythm and perhaps a distant echo of the Zombies’ ‘Time of the Season’,” aloha blends classic soul and old-school R&B into a timeless swirl fueled by gritty instrumental virtuosity and raw, raspy vocals. Recorded at Paris’s iconic Studios Ferber with producer Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao), aloha is Little’s first album to be recorded with an outside producer. The result is his boldest, most self-assured statement yet. It’s an ambitious work of vision and reflection, and an ecstatic testament to the freedom that comes from trusting the currents of life to carry you where you belong.

In order to create aloha, Little began writing and assembling album demos in Petaluma, California. However, after his hard drive fried and he lost nearly a dozen detailed demos, he was forced to begin with a blank slate, leading him to write aloha in only eight days at a tiny house and its adjacent barn. While Little plays nearly every instrument on the album himself, he put his songs in the hands of an outside producer for the first time here. The entire project was an exercise in letting go, in ceding control, in surrendering to fate.

Recognizing the power of our own self-destructive tendencies is a recurring theme on aloha. Little mourns the suicide of a beloved uncle on “suffer,” using addiction and mental illness as a lens to explore forgiveness and empathy, laments the rapidly deteriorating world his two children are set to inherit on “o clever one,” and meditates on the dangers of succumbing to passion at the expense of reason on “belladonna.”

It would be easy to feel helpless in the face of such inexorable forces, to feel as if we are prisoners of fate rather than masters of our own destiny, but Little instead finds peace in perseverance on the album. “Hallelujah,” he sings on the gorgeous “never give up,” “though I’m battered and blue / feel like I’m born to lose…Never will I give up.”

It is a potent reminder that letting go doesn’t mean giving in; in fact, quite the opposite. Letting go can be an act of defiance, of growth, of empowerment. Letting go requires a leap of faith, and, in Son Little’s case, that faith has been richly rewarded. Whether that means this album represents the end of one chapter or the beginning of the next is impossible to know just yet, but in either case, there’s really only one thing to say: aloha.

Concert followed by discussion with Rita Houston, Program Director at WFUV

The Art of Andrea Schneider

“My art has always been defined by my love of drawing and my focus is the art of portraiture. In 2017 it was my privilege to receive a mentorship from the Portrait Society of America. I used this opportunity to produce a collection of works, Portraits of Faith: Telling Their Story which was exhibited at the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the International Religious Freedom Act, held in New York. These portraits would go on to be featured in the book International Religious Freedom: The Rise of Global Intolerance.
Prior to concentrating on portraiture, I taught elementary school art in Catholic schools for 14 years. I grew up in St Louis where I earned a fine arts degree from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart. Eventually marriage brought me to New Jersey where my husband and I raised our family and where we continue to reside.”

“It is only a few times that anyone has the chance or the will to search the innermost bravery of another human face.” —Christopher Morley

Artist’s Statement about Portraits of Life in Secret Places
Portraits of Life in Secret Places is about celebrating the sanctity of life and honoring God the Author and Creator of all Life. The aim is to consider the human face as a portrait in its earliest stage of life and the challenge is to capture the forms of the face even as they are being formed. It is an honor to exhibit these drawings at The Sheen Center whose mission it is to provide “a forum to highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful.”

The theme of this exhibit is inspired by the text of Psalm 139:13-16:

“For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb…
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.”

Inspiration from the photography of Lennart Nilsson
Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson fused artistic and scientific virtuosity when he blazed a new frontier in photography with the publication of his images within the womb that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1965. Taking its audience on a fascinating journey deep inside the human body, these photos ignited a cultural moment that made the issue the fastest selling in LIFE magazine’s storied history. Like many who witnessed these photographs, I was captivated and have been continually inspired by the photographs’ ability to capture the most universal of subjects—our own creation.

The Art of Br. Mickey McGrath

Artist’s Statement The paintings in this exhibit are representative of my work and spiritual journey for the last twenty-eight years, beginning in 1992 when I had a truly transformative experience as an artist through the inspiration of Sr. Thea Bowman. I had never met Thea, and in fact had never heard of her until after her death, but a video I watched about her life rocked my world and changed me forever. In 2019, Thea was declared a Servant of God by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, opening the path to her canonization as a saint. The paintings in the Thea Bowman series each have the title of a spiritual, as African-American music was at the very heart of Thea’s spirit and legacy. For the last twenty-five years, I have shared these images in art and music celebrations of her life at churches and conferences all around the country. As a result, Thea has led me to deeper awarenesses of my own spiritual development and journey, and has helped me grow more sensitive to the many different voices and faces of Christ in the margins of our church and world today. Ever since the Holy Spirit opened those Thea floodgates within me, I have paid closer and more loving attention to the lives of other saintly, heroic people whose faith and courage have inspired me to paint, draw, and write. Another Servant of God, Dorothy Day, was the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. She worked tirelessly to radically change what it means to be a Catholic Christian in the modern world by leading us back to Christ – where it all started: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked. The works of love and mercy are at the very heart of Christianity, and she started it all right here in New York City. Venerable Augustine Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest and Servant of God, Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota visionary are more recent subjects of my painterly devotion. Each of them has “risen up to bright glory” by breaking the boundaries of racial prejudice and cultural division. Each of these courageous, saintly, and thoroughly human figures has contributed in their own unique way to my artistic vision and my ever-evolving determination to be my true self fully, gratefully, and perfectly well.

Brother Mickey McGrath, O.S.F.S., an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, lives and works in Camden, NJ. He is an award-winning artist, author, and speaker whose work celebrates the connections between art, beauty, and religious faith. He is a Guild Master at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in Leavenworth, WA, where he has taught for thirty-three years. No matter the subject or topic, Brother Mickey’s work highlights themes of art for meditation; social justice and cultural diversity; and the healing power of beauty in all its forms. Brother Mickey currently holds the title of visiting artist at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA. Brother Mickey is a popular presenter at conferences and retreats throughout the US and Canada where he shares his colorful interpretations of Gospel stories and the lives of saints and prophets from across the ages. Most recently, Brother Mickey has been overseeing the creation of murals as communal events incorporating the prayerful nature of art and beauty and their connections to social justice and Catholic social teaching. Brother Mickey is also the illustrator and author of twenty-one award winning books. His two most recent published works are: A Holy Mosaic: Family, Love and Diversity, (World Library Pub., 2019) which contains his illuminations of quotes from Pope Francis found mostly in Amoris Laetitia and other sources. It is Brother Mickey’s third book on Pope Francis.


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