We are a lay apostolate seeking the 'restoration of the Sacred' in the visual arts. Our mission is to support artists in offering their gifts for the greater glory of God. There is no underestimating the power of beauty, especially beauty flowing from the Church’s Liturgy which helps many to encounter the person of Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Art Guild’s spiritual home is St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, a parish known for its renaissance in Catholic faith and culture. The members of the guild are enrolled in our special mass association and prayed for by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a religious community of men dedicated to the Restoration of the Sacred in liturgy, music and art.
Our mission to help educate artists, to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, and beauty to the modern world.
We recognize there are competing and often confusing philosophies in the modern age related to beauty and art, so we believe education is a big part of achieving our goals. This is best accomplished by hosting educational events, skill building workshops in traditional art making techniques, as well as networking opportunities for artists of all disciplines. We host top scholars for our conference and speaking series and as such are able to educate and discuss the philosophy of aesthetics and beauty, as well as the power of the visual arts for evangelization.
We also hope to host a juried art competition and exhibition which will directly help to support artists in offering their gifts to others as well as connecting to with new patrons.
Interested individuals from all creative disciplines that are looking to join a community centered around the ‘restoration of the Sacred’ are welcome to join the Catholic Art Guild.
Our Founding: Vision, Inspiration, Restoration
The Catholic Church has always seen art as an integral part of its liturgical worship and recognized the power of Beauty to evangelize. The visual arts flow from the wellspring of the Sacred Liturgy, and both the Church and her artists flourish when this is understood and embraced.
Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R., founder of the Canons Regular of St. of St. John Cantius, recognized the power of the liturgy to evangelize through the sacred arts. “We have had many organizations that enliven our vibrant parish, particularly in sacred music, liturgy, catechesis, youth and young adult ministry. It was time to establish a program for the visual arts and the training of artists,” says Fr. Phillips.
Kathleen Carr, an award-winning, classically trained painter, illustrator, and designer approached Fr. Phillips with her inspiration: “We want to bring together artists and the Church as partners to proclaim the Gospel to all who enter our doors and hear our message. I was inspired by the Catholic vision that all art flows from the altar. It seemed natural to form an artist guild with the support of a religious community that lives and breathes the liturgy.”
Prayers before Our Lady's altar
The Drake Hotel, host of the CAG annual conference
Brother Matthew repairs and re-gilds an antique altar.
Brother Joseph leads a tour of St. John Cantius during Chicago's Architecture Open House event.
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Since the mid 1800’s, the Daprato Rigali name has been synonymous with the finest art in the world. For over 155 years, the dialogue between our artists and building owners has resulted in awe-inspiring pieces of art designed to enhance the architectural, liturgical, devotional, and contemplative life of thousands of buildings and their communities. Five generations of Rigalis have and continue to lead the industry, and they will be using this depth of knowledge to support the Catholic Art Guild by hosting a workshops in stained glass fabrication.