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Defining the Role of the Catholic Artist Today: A Symposium

  • Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church 46639 Algonkian Drive Sterling, VA 20165 United States (map)

"It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the wear and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration. And all of this is through your hands...Remember that you are the guardians of beauty in the world."

- Address of Pope Paul VI to Artists at the Closing of the Second Vatican Council, 1965


Join us for our Inaugural Symposium at 7pm on October 27th!

This October, The Carl Schmitt Foundation along with the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Catechetics brings together some of today's leading Catholic artists to help explore what is means to be a Catholic artists in today's society. Our panel's contributions along with the example, life and legacy of Catholic American painter Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) will provide us with insights into what the lived out vocation of an artist really looks like. This is a rare opportunity for the public to get a glimpse into the craft and creative practice of professional artists, each of whom have completed large scale projects at the service of the Church!

Admission is Free and open to the public

7pm to 10pm, Saturday October 27th, 2018

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

46639 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls, VA 20165


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Andrew W. Smith - Smith is a sculptor and stonemason. Andrew studied in Florence and the US and has completed sculptures and masonry projects for places such as Clearcreek Abbey and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, TN. Additionally, Smith is an educator and is currently working to set up Four Crown Atelier, an innovative working school of fine and decorative art.

Henry Wingate - Henry is an Oil Painter based in Virginia. In addition to studying in Florence, Wingate studied painting in the Boston School Tradition in New England. Henry was commissioned to do liturgical pieces for places such as St. John's in Front Royal VA and is an accomplished portrait and still life painter. Wingate's studio is based in Madison, VA.

James Langley - Teaches at SCAD in GA. James has done pieces for sacred spaces across the country including altar pieces for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary and Murray Hill place and was commissioned to do decorative work for the MET American Wing.

Will Seath
 - Will is a Project Architect with McCrery Architects. Will specializes in liturgical architecture and studied classical architecture, urban design, and political science at the University of Notre Dame. His work with the firm includes such projects as the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville and other churches across the country.

Dr. Tomothy McDonnell - Dr McDonnell is a distinguished conductor and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His compositions and arrangements have won national awards, and he has conducted in various parts of the U.S. as well as in Belgium and Vatican City in Rome. His Advent piece "Adventus" was a Choral Composition Finalist for The American Prize in 2016.  He is currently the Director of Choral Activities at The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw - Dr. Leary-Warsaw is the Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She previously served as the Chair of the Department of Music, Artistic Director of the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor of Music at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama (U.S.A.). An internationally renowned classical soprano, she has been heard in opera, oratorio, solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw is best known to audiences around the world as the host of the popular television series In Concert on EWTN Global Catholic Television Network.

Andrew de Sa - Andrew is the Creative Director at The Carl Schmitt Foundation and resides in Wilton, CT. An artist himself, de Sa has shown in exhibitions and galleries across the country and recently finished a 14 foot commissioned private mural in Potomac, MD. Andrew works and does research in the studio of Carl Schmitt, a longtime inspiration. He is currently working with the CSF to make better known the works and writings of Carl Schmitt and aims to establish an artist-in-residence program at the artist’s former home and studio in CT.

Rev. William Saunders - Rev. Saunders is the Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church as well as the Author of Straight AnswersAdditionally, Rev. Saunders was recently appointed by Bishop Burbudge to aid the Church as Episcopal Vicar for Faith Formation for the Diocese of Arlington. Among Rev. Saunders’s accomplishments is the erecting of the beautiful parish church building Our Lady of Hope in Sterling, VA.

Soren Johnson - Soren is an Associate Director in the Office of Catechetics for the Diocese of Arlington. In 2006, he and his wife founded the John Paul II Fellowship, a non-profit to equip lay Catholics for the New Evangelization; in 2013, they opened Trinity House Café in Leesburg as an outreach to the community. Soren holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He studied theology and church history as a visiting graduate student at the University of Notre Dame and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


This event is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts / Department of Economic & Community Development.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts / Department of Economic & Community Development.