Past Events | 2018

An Archive of Past Events and Lectures

Wisdom of Aquinas Series

St. Thomas and the Meaning of Love

Fr. Gregory Pine, OP | Thomistic Institute

Saturday | December 1

Love, Passion and Affection

Human and Divine Friendship

Recordings of these lectures will be available on Soundcloud here soon.

The 2018-19 Art of the Beautiful Lectures | 15 NOVEMBERArtofTheBea


Timothy Leary’s Dead – “Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In”

On Thursday, November 15, Mr. William Spencer Reilly, Executive Director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture presented “Timothy Leary’s Dead – Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In.” He discussed how the arts–in particular, telling good stories well–can be a way to evangelize and rebuild Catholic community.

A reception and sung Compline will followed the evening.

A Soundcloud recording is available here.




St. Joseph’s Church | 12:10 pm

Catholic Center | 5:15 pm

Procession and sung Litany of the Dominican Saints followed the Mass


Catholic Center | 5:15 pm

We continue to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory in the month of November


An Open House and Mass

with our students as parents returned to campus

We were excited to reconnect with parents of current students, and to see our Alumni and share the Catholic Center Vision with you all.

Women’s Brunch with Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia | 20 OCTOBER

The Catholic Center at NYU HOSTED brunch with the
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
Young women met  Sister Peter Marie, O.P., the Vocation Director, and other sisters!

Learn more about the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia at

The 2018-19 Art of the Beautiful Lectures | 13 OCTOBER

The Catholic Artists Society hosted

Mr. Samuel Schmitt

who spoke of the  Catholic artistic legacy of his father, Mr. Carl Schmitt

A reception and Compline followed the lecture.

A Soundcloud recording  is available here.

First-year Hiking Retreat | September 29

The Newman Catholic Fellowship at NYU

hosted a day of hiking and contemplation in upstate New York!

Students hiked the Rainbow Falls Trail, heard Mass outdoors, and returned to the city in the early evening.

For more information on the Newman Fellowship see here. 

Sharing Joys and Sorrows: Christ’s Life and Ours| September 22



Sharing Joys and Sorrows: Christ’s Life and Ours

An afternoon of lectures by Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP  | Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

Saturday | 22 SEPT  2018

Recordings of the two lectures will be available soon.

In memorial of the tragic event, The Catholic Center prayed the Rosary downtown at the 9/11 Memorial, WTC.

Praying for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy.

“Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to ‘help our neighbor in their spiritual needs.’” USCCB

 Chaplain Transition | Summer 2018


“My soul magnifies the Lord.
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
– Luke 1.46

5 June 2018

Dear Friends,

Last week we celebrated the Feast of the Visitation. Mary travels to see Elizabeth, and bears of the Word made flesh in her womb. As Mary visits her cousin who is expecting John the Baptist, the Old and the New Testaments meet, and the promised advent of salvation is revealed. In praise and exultation, Mary recounts the wonders the Lord has done for her people, and in her own life. Her Magnificat becomes the hymn of the whole Church, as she still bears witness to the living Christ in the world today.

It is in this spirit of gratitude and joy that I write to let you know that Fr. John Baptist Hoang, O.P., will be the new Chaplain for the Catholic Center at NYU, and that I will go on to a new assignment as Editor of Magnificat on July 1st. Please join me in welcoming Fr. John Baptist Hoang!

It has been a great blessing of my priesthood to serve you all, students and friends of the Catholic Center, in these past four years. As I assume responsibilities at Magnificat, I have a new opportunity make the Gospel known through the Church’s liturgical prayer. In these happy years here at NYU, I have had the joy to hear confessions and celebrate Mass each day, and to preach the Word that gives us life at the altar. I give thanks to God for the many graces of this time with you all, as I ask your prayers in this transition and assure you of mine.

May we go to the ends of the earth, proclaiming Jesus, the Truth, in word and deed.

God bless each of you!

In Christ,
Fr. Sebastian

Dominican Novices Visit the Catholic Center! | May 14

We were delighted that Br. Cyril Stola, formerly Andrew Stola (NYU 2017), and president of NYU’s Newman Club, returned to visit the Catholic Center with the current Novitiate Class of the Province of St. Joseph.

For more information on Dominican Vocations in the Province of St. Joseph, see here.

Senior Send-Off | May 4

NYU Commencement (May 18, 2016)

A Celebration of the Class of 2018!

Mass of Thanksgiving

and dinner party honoring our graduating seniors 

“How Can I Keep From Singing? Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy” | April 28

The final lecture of the

Art of the Beautiful lecture series

“How Can I Keep From Singing? Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy”

 Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.

The Catholic Intellectual and the Challenge of the Contemporary University | APRIL 20-21

A conference featuring

Patrick Deneen | University of Notre Dame

Ross Douthat | New York Times

Reinhard Huetter | Catholic University of America

Vincent Phillip Muñoz | University of Notre Dame

Carlos Eire |Yale University

Co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame


Art as a Sermon: The Perspective of a Parish Priest | March 24, 2018

The Catholic Artists Society continued the Spring Edition of the

Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

Rev. George Rutler, S.T.D.

Author, Pastor of St. Michael’s Church, New York City

Art as a Sermon: The Perspective of a Parish Priest

Fr. George W. Rutler is pastor of St. Michael’s church in New York City. He is the author of many books including Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press) and Hints of Heaven (Sophia Institute Press). His latest books are He Spoke To Us (Ignatius, 2016) and The Stories of Hymns (EWTN Publishing, 2017).

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here

The Triune God: The Central Mystery of the Christian Faith | March 3, 2018


Wisdom of Aquinas Series

The Triune God: The Central Mystery of the Christian Faith

Fr. John Baptist Ku, OP  | Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

An afternoon considering St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the Trinity

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud:

Part One

Part Two

Is it Ever Right to Break the Law? | March 1, 2018

There are good reasons to respect and obey the law, because without law there is not much justice either.  But what if the law itself is unjust?  What makes the problem difficult is that some ways of responding to injustice themselves threaten justice. So what may we do, and what must we not do? May we disobey unjust laws? May we use violence against them? What is justice, anyway?  Should an unjust law really be considered a law at all? And does it make a difference how an unjust law goes wrong?

A Lecture and Conversation with

Prof. J. Budziszewski | University of Texas, Austin

  1. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981) is a professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin.  An authority on the classical natural law tradition, he is especially interested in the ethical foundations of law, politics, and society.  His two most recent books are Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on LawandCommentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics (Cambridge University Press), and he is working on a book about happiness and ultimate purpose.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here

A Counter-Reformation for Sacred Art Today | February 24, 2018

The Catholic Artists Society launched the Spring Edition of the

Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

Mr. Duncan Stroik

Architect, author, and professor at the University of Notre Dame

A Counter-Reformation for Sacred Art Today

Duncan Stroik’s award-winning work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, and Saint Joseph Cathedral in South Dakota. A frequent lecturer on sacred architecture and the classical tradition, Stroik has recently authored The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Mr. Stroik is an inaugural member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and founding editor of Sacred Architecture Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Architecture.

You may view the lecture on Vimeo here.

I Lived on Parker Avenue | February 23, 2018

 A powerful story of life and love

David Scotton is a college student raised in Louisiana who boards a train headed to meet his birth parents in Indiana. His birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born.

I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man’s search for where his life began.

Members of the I Lived on Parker Avenue team were present, including the film’s Director, Philip Braun III, and key film subjects, including Susan Scotton (mother of adoptee David Scotton) and Melissa Coles (birthmother of adoptee David Scotton).

The film will be released online on March 8 2018.

Visit www.ILivedOnParkerAve.comfor more information!

How to Talk to People About God | February 3, 2018

The Third “Wisdom of Aquinas” Conference

Fr. Raymond Snyder, O.P. | Thomistic Institute

An afternoon considering St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on how we come to believe, and what Revelation tells us about God.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here