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Seed of a New World film
Seed of a New World film
I would like to share with you a Kickstarter campaign that a couple of the young men in the Schoenstatt Movement of Austin are running to fund their film project documenting the 100th anniversary of Schoenstatt's founding. This film that Alex Quintana and Mark Leatherman are working on has the potential to be a powerful tool for engaging the culture with a new vision and life that is founded in the Schoenstatt Marian spirituality through a professional and spiritual sensitivity to the visual and audio arts. The links to the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign video are at the bottom of this email. The link to the Kickstarter campaign also has detailed information about the project that elaborates on what the project is about. I invite you to prayerfully consider contributing to this creative project through your prayers and through your financial support. They are so very close to their goal of $37,000 with only four days left to raise these funds. In case you are not aware, Kickstarter is a way for people to fund their projects (virtually any project) via electronic donations. No funds will be given toward the project if the goal is not made (this is how Kickstarter works...), so whatever you can give through your prayers and financial support will be greatly helpful in making this film a reality! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/882830440/seed-of-a-new-world-film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8FgWfJ97k

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Search for Catholic Artists
Search for Catholic Artists
Here's exactly what I hoped for: a search in Google for 'Catholic Artists' would produce a first page result including www.Catholic-Artists.org or www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com. It's in the name but that's not enough. It happened with the conference, the Faces of Christ planned tour events, and their respective websites. See www.Faces-of-Christ.com Facebook had a lot to do with it too. All those websites referring back to www.Catholic-Artists.org has pushed this page to the number two position on page one - the only listing higher is Wikipedia. Try the search in Yahoo!? www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com is there on page one! Try the search in Bing? Same result. So why is this important? If you are a Catholic Artist in fine art, sculpture, architecture, music or film, then you want a listing on www.Catholic-Artists.org in order to be easily found by a search among your peers in the DIRECTORY at www.Catholic-Artists.org. Incidentally, the DIRECTORY is where people go while on this site, in addition to the galleries. FINE ART is the most popular gallery because it is the most populated with images. So all you sculptors, architects, musicians, and film producers can ride in on the coat tails of fine artists - and get found at www.Catholic-Artists.org. UPDATE: The conference is getting the detail part of planning done but promotion is very important too, as are donations to make this all possible. I need your help. Artists, please sign up at the JOIN tab. If you have videos or images of your work then send those to me. I am happy to promote any Catholic Artist. We are looking for the best for the conference which is open now for professionals to register at www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com. If you just want to browse and donate, you can find the DONATE button on any one of the links above. Thank you. God Bless, John

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CAS Mass for Artists The Catholic Artists Society will host their annual Mass for Artists at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City at 3:30 pm on May 10, 2015.  Dino Marcantonio, president of Catholic Artists Society, has told me that the Mass is open to anyone.  Although I can't be there, I can pray with those praying for artists, their families and loved ones, passed and present. The Catholic Artists Society was initiated in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Artists at the Sistine Chapel in November, 2009. Following the Holy Father’s call for artists to be “custodians of Beauty” and “heralds and witnesses of Hope for humanity” the society 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, enriching and ennobling men and women, our society and our culture.   Their addresses: http://www.catholicartistssociety.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CatholicArtistsSociety https://twitter.com/CathArtSociety  

Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene
Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene
"A.D. The Bible Continues" is set to air on Easter Sunday evening. Here is an interview with the producer, Roma Downey http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/04/01/how-catholic-is-a-d-the-bible-continues/  I found this quote from the above article particularly interesting: "Catholic artists have been able to incarnate the faith in works of art because Catholicism, with its emphasis on the sacraments, is deeply incarnational. In Catholicism, the Word is always being enfleshed in the world, and Catholic art is part of that process."

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I went to the movies with my wife and we saw "Song of the Sea." It was a delightful story but what surprised me was the scenes with the definitely Catholic elements.  This made more sense when I read about the writer / producer Tomm Moore.  The story was based on his own family which included his mother's house. The children go to grandma's house and it contains pictures of Jesus and has a crucifix displayed prominently.  The second occasion is a Holy Well the children find along their journey and experience a "quiet moment" where they are surrounded by lit candles and statues of The Virgin Mary.
Holy Well
Holy Well
http://songoftheseamovie.blogspot.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomm_Moore http://www.ipnovels.com/blog/2015/03/great-films-for-kids-song-of-the-sea/

thestoryfinal_cover-300x300 I’ve been looking for popular Catholic artists and music which testifies to our Christian Faith. Tonight I found a collection of music we can all appreciate. It is (music inspired by) The Story written in 2011 by Nichole Nordeman http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/nichole-nordeman-the-story-interview-goodwyn.aspx and Bernie Herms featuring artists: Nichole Nordeman , Amy Grant (RUTH), Bart Millard (MOSES), Francesca Battistelli (MARY), Natalie Grant (MARY MAGDALENE), Steven Curtis Chapman (THIEF), Mark Hall & Megan Garrett (ABRAHAM AND SARAH). A comprehensive collection of talents and styles, this 18 song group of violin, piano, full orchestra, and vocals represents the Bible story in voices from Genesis to Jesus' Resurrection. There are many but most beautiful song on the album, in my opinion, is the the song “Be Born in Me” - the voice of Mary sung by Francesca Battistelli.  An instrumental section begins "Be Born in Me" reflecting the instrumental "I AM (Creation)" that begins the album:  this sounds to me like the Annunciation.  Then incorporating the beautiful vocals of Francesca Battistelli, Mary tells how she feels about her experience, her love for God, and she declares acceptance of her role in Salvation. I remember when Jesus Christ Superstar (the album) came out in the 70's.  "The Story" is as good and as impactful; such an accomplished work is set to inspire our Faith in Jesus and help us participate in the family of God. I recommend visiting http://www.thestorycd.com/ or iTunes to search for The Story to give a listen. Their last tour was in 2013.  Maybe 2015 is time again.

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Five discerning women
Five discerning women
http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-sisterhood-becoming-nuns See more photos of Christy Young (upper right) and her faith-filled-friends in her public figure Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/ChristieYoung07 My favorite is Christy because of her "flirty" relationship with Jesus and charismatic approach to her Catholic faith.  More Catholics should be as excited about their faith!

ad for John_light blue We’re working on a Catholic Artists Conference for October 2016 in Nebraska. The exact date or location aren’t set yet but we’re closing in on our second (more reasonable) prospect. I conducted a survey some time ago and costs for artists were among the chief factors; so we're keeping the costs down by choosing a less expensive venue. We may have an international collection debut to work into our conference which needs considerable hanging space. We want to include the five different areas of art because they depend upon each other to some degree but also work to bring people to the Catholic Faith. The new evangelization could be a part of what is discussed at the conference. Another important element will be prayer and that creative experience for the artist. Getting these artists together will create some interesting conversations. Having some committed patrons and clergy there will help reinforce the goal of creating sacred art – that which brings one to prayer. I would encourage you to “Enter your information” at http://Catholic-Artists.COM so we and others can find you. I will take the listing and post it in the directory http://Catholic-Artists.ORG which also contains a five galleries, one for each of the artist categories. I will ask for images / drawings / recordings of your works to show in the gallery once you register. God Bless, JohnM

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[Not a valid template]   Who is your favorite living Catholic artist?  This is a great big question because it includes the arts of fine art, sculpture, architecture, music, and film.  You don't need one for each category but just one or two artists you like very well. Prayer before and during painting is a major contributing factor in my choice of Ann Chapin.  Her style of iconography is not so stark and includes many figures and furnishings.  Although done in iconographic method, the faces, figures and clothing resemble reality; they have body and perspective. My second favorite Catholic artist is Audrey Assad.  Audrey is a very talented musician presently on tour in the U.S. http://www.audreyassad.com/  Her voice is beautiful and her very Catholic songs are remarkable for their lyrics and for their composition. Catholic art can take the range between traditional and contemporary.  Each calls us to prayer (sacred art).  Each stirs our feeling of faith and emotions we feel when close to God.  The Catholic Church is rich with beautiful imagery, both historically and contemporarily. It is a little hard to find living Catholic artists and that is why I need your help.  Please comment to this blog post with your favorite living Catholic artist and why.  God Bless you.