Catholicism and the Arts

The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage hosts its Catholicism and the Arts Series every spring. It is designed to promote cultural productions, both classical and contemporary, theatrical, musical, or pictural, that illuminate the rich heritage of art in Catholic culture.


Past Events

  • Lured: The Curse of Swans

    A play by Terry Boyle, directed by Becca Holloway. Presented at Loyola University Chicago in April 2019.
  • Catholic Conversion Narratives in Modern Aesthetics

    In collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), the Hank Center was pleased to host this international and interdisciplinary conference exploring modern conversion narratives.
  • Live from Loyola: George Saunders Radio Hour

    An evening with MacArthur Genius and the Man Booker Prize-winning author, George Saunders. Raised Catholic in Chicago but now also a practicing Tibetan Buddhist, the author has a decidedly individual take on spirituality that informs his fictions.
  • My Dream Act: A Play by Martha Razo and Cecilie Keenan

    My Dream Act, performed by Martha Razo under the direction of Cecilie Keenan, was presented by FRONTERA: Artists Crossing Borders. The play took place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good Symposium.
  • Catholicism and the Arts: Faithful Musical Modernisms: Poulenc, Villette, Langlais, and Arvo Pärt (A Lecture with Paul French)

    In spring 2016, the Catholicism and the Arts Lecture (part of our two-day Catholicism in the Arts Series) was given by composer and conductor Paul French. Click here to read about this interesting and informative discussion.
  • Catholicism and the Arts: Faithful Musical Modernisms: Poulenc, Villette, Langlais, and Arvo Pärt (A Performance by the William Ferris Chorale)

    In spring 2016, the Catholicism and the Arts Performance (part of our two-day Catholicism in the Arts Series) was given by the William Ferris Chorale, under the direction of Paul French. Read about their performance of pieces by Francis Poulenc and Arvo Part.
  • "Viriditas: Finding God in All Things" The 2015 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture by Fr. William H. McNichols

    Loyola University Chicago received and unveiled an icon from renowned iconographer Fr. William (Bill) McNichols on September 10th, 2015.
  • Catholicism and the Arts: Performance of Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge

    Directed by Karin Coonrod and performed by the New York based troupe Compagnia de' Colombari
  • *mark

    *mark (adapted and performed by George Drance, S.J. - Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Catholic Studies for Fall 2014) is a one-man portrayal of the Gospel According to St. Mark, the oldest of the four gospels, originally performed out loud to give courage and hope to that quiet community of first-century rebels.
  • Mr. Richard Austin

    The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage was fortunate to be able to bring to campus the noted English actor and performer Richard Austin. Austin’s specialty is the performance of poetry, especially the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Widely acclaimed as “the finest performer of Hopkins’ poetry today,” Austin contributed to the Hank Center’s annual forum on Catholicism and the Arts by giving a public lecture on “Poetry as Prayer” after which he staged his one-man show “Back to Beauty’s Giver."
  • Ms. Delia Surratt

    Delia Surratt, professor of Vocal Technique at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center and an acclaimed international vocal artist, offered a free lecture and concert series. She was the first guest of the Catholicism and the Art Series, designed to promote cultural productions, both classical and contemporary, that illuminate the rich heritage of art in Catholic culture.
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