listed some useful websites relating to religion and the arts. The fact
that they are linked from here doesn't imply approval or recommendation
for everything on these sites, but they are certainly worth a look. For
websites relating to particular musicians see the music page of this site.
Makeup and the Arts
By special request! Article about history of make up, relevant to the arts.
Diocese Liturgy Resource Centre
In 2004 the LitMus (Liturgy and Music) Office was incorporated into
a new Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre, based in Clonliffe College.
The centre acts as a support for parishes and other groups to encourage
and enable them to improve the quality of liturgical services, including
also music and liturgical art. The school choirs event Emmanuel
is on of the initiatives of the centre.
Huge site dedicated to sacred liturgy and the liturgical arts. There's
an impresssive archive of news and articles.
Lots of different articles and resources on this site, including
articles about creativity, as well as religious poetry and original
music. Available for download is the online magazine Logos Review
- A Journal of Spiritual Arts and Ideas.
This is an Irish forum/community for Catholics interested in the
arts, especially those praticing the arts. There are opportunities
for sharing artworks and personal stories of engaging with the arts.
International Society of Christian Artists
S.I.A.C. is an international association of Christian artists, artists
who work to Christian themes, for liturgical spaces and / or who
live and work according to Christian values. S.I.A.C. seeks to bring
together artists of many nationalities and backgrounds to share
experiences and grow in mutual understanding. S.I.A.C. is an association
open to creative artists of all disciplines – poets, composers,
photographers, visual artists and writers among others.
An initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Moyross,
Limerick. Events combining prayer and music take place regularly
around Ireland. The Underground also includes poetry, visual art,
dancers, film, drama.
of St Genesius
An Irish site devoted to the interface between Catholicism and drama,
in theatre and cinema. The group organises various events, like
a monthly film club, and has a drama group that has staged works
by John Paul II.
A site with detailed biographical information on a range of Catholic
authors, including Tolkien and Chesterton.
This is the official site of the Catechetics Commission of the Irish
Bishops Conference, featuring resources for special events days,
such as Education in Faith Sunday.
A comprehensive portal site for all things Catholic in Ireland.
There is plenty of interesting material in the Culture and Arts
This relatively new site is a web community for Catholics interested
in artistic expression. The most active part of the site is the
lively and busy forum section, but there is also an interesting
section on poetry.
This general Catholic site has excellent sections on poetry and
music. In the poetry there is a huge range of poems by a wide variety
of authors, and in the music section there are free music downloads
in MP3 format and Real Audio streams of fulll songs.
Rose's Movie Blog
Sr Rosa Pacatte writes about the movies. Sr. Rose Pacette is a Daughter
of St Paul and Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies,
Los Angeles. She is the co-author of the Lights, Camera…Faith! Series.
Brilliant site that provides film clips on a variety of inspirational
themes. Clips can be viewed on site and/or downloaded. Many clips
are free and available under the basic subscription option. Paid
for subscriptions give access to higher quality clips and clips
from high profile films.
An excellent site for perceptive film reviews from a Catholic perspective.
Includes many articles on film in general.
This project from Youth2000 New York involves the making of high quality
inspirational films - there are DVDs on The World Youth Days, the
problem of suffering, Good Friday and many more. Trailers are available
on the site, so that you can try before you buy.
A site dedicated to the film The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,
by Christian writer C.S. Lewis. There's a free newsletter, photos
from the shooting of the film, links to press coverage and much more.
This a vast site, with extensive visual content. It deals with religion
in popular culture and is broad in its pespective. There are articles
and analysis and focuses mostly on American material. It is particularly
good on films and there's a free email newsletter.
Probably the best of the movie reference sites. There are links to
a large number of reviews and as much detail about each film as you
could possibly want.
This sites alerts the viewer to dubious content in films, in list
format, but recently they have started to add fuller reviews.
The US Catholic Conference of Bishops has had a movie reviewing service
for over forty years and all reviews are archived here. Reviews of
new releases are added weekly. Films are discussed from an artistic
perspective and from the point of view of moral suitabilty.
Church Music Association
Organises various events including an annual Summer School in Maynooth.
Provides information on Church Music issues through the website
Established in 1996 to promote the development of choirs of excellence
and to provide a musical education for children hitherto only av
ailable in the cathedral choral tradition, Dublin Choral Foundation
is now recognised as one of Ireland’s leading choral establishments.
The two choirs of Dublin Choral Foundation, The Lassus Scholars
and Piccolo Lasso, directed by Ite O’Donovan, cater for singers
of all ages. They are named after the great composer and virtuoso
of Renaissance polyphony, Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594).
An Irish group of musicians and singers available for retreats,
youth work, parish work and music workshops. Their site includes
some music and video samples.
This site features the poetry of Fr Seamus Devitt CSSR, a poetic
priest of the Redemptorist Order. A wide variety of spiritual topics
is covered, and the site layout is attractively simple and uncluttered.
Poets and Writers
This website exists to help Catholic poets, writers or editors by
providing information on researching, writing, and revising poems,
articles, stories, and books from a Catholic perspective.
Poems Set to Music
Singer Sean O'Leary has an album of Hopkins poems set to music.
There are samples to listen to on this website dedicated to this
project - follow the link to "Play Demo". Particularly striking
are his versions of "I wake and feel the fell of dark" and "Spring".
There is a link on the site to buy the album.
Pamela is an American artist living in Ireland. She works on spiritual
themes in various materials especially glass and paper. Her site includes
many examples of her work, and a statement about the comnnections
between her art and her faith.
Anne Murphy is an Irish artist working in enamel. Many of her subjects
are religious - on her site you can see her studies in the saints,
the Madonna, angels, the cross and much more.
Fr Moore, a member of the Congregation of Sacred Hearts, is a Catholic
priest and artist. His work is abstract, and among his inspirations
are nature, church vestments and the writings of T.S. Eliot. There
are galleries of work on his website.
This is quite an impressive site, featuring the striking modern artwork
of Elizabeth Wang. There are images on an array of themes - e.g. scripture,
sacraments, God. There is an inbuilt image search so it's easy to
find something for specific religion classes. There's also a teacher's
section with ideas and resources. Many pictures are available for
free download for educational and non-profit use.
Art by Joao D. Filipe
Some beautiful artwork, icon style, by this talented Portugese painter.
Features images of Jesus, The Blessed Virgin, the angels and saints.
The Purpose of this website is to enable the visitor to re-discover
and experience the beauty and deeper meaning of Traditional Byzantine
Icons, the visual and spiritual treasures of the Eastern Orthodox
Church, and an integral part of the Orthodox Faith.
This page features the work of Kathleen M. Anderson, an iconographer
who has been working in this area, as a spiritual and artistic activity,
Nick Alexander is a Catholic humorist who specialises in parodies
of well known songs, spreading the gospel message in the process.
Mightn't be everyone's taste but there's not exactly a pile of people
in this line of work! On this site you'll find links to samples of
his work to listen to or download. Try his potted history of the Church
in his song We Want to Stand United, a rather unusual adaptation
of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.
Jesse is a new initiative to help parents tell Bible Stories at
home, but could also be used with younger children at school. The
method is based on drama and imagination, using Bible figures that
the children help to make. Story kits are now available for the
Nativity and Easter, and there are support materials available online
to those who purchase the kit. See a video here.
A Catholic theatre group from USA. Their motto is "Entertaining,
Educating & Inspiring through a Catholic vision in the Dramatic
Arts!". Some of their performances can be ordered on DVD from
their website's store. Clips, previews, and interviews are also
available on their YouTube