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Sacred Art and the New Evangelization:  
Beauty at the Service of the New Evangelization


Mr. David Clayton is an internationally known artist, teacher, writer and broadcaster. He moved to the US from his native England in 2009 to take up the faculty position as Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Liberal Arts at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, NH.

His artistic training is in both the sacred art tradition of Byzantine iconography; and as a portrait painter in the style of Western classical naturalism, which he studied in Florence, Italy. He has had prominent commissions in the UK and the United States and his work has been featured in many publications in both countries.

Mr. Clayton writes for his weekly blog and the New Liturgical Movement website, He wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series about traditional art and culture The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011.

His books include The Way of Beauty - the place of beauty in a Catholic culture and a Catholic education, published in May 2015; The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Prayer at Home, co-written with Leila Lawler and published in 2014 and contributed an essay on The Place of the Nude in Catholic Art, in the Light of John Paul II's Theology of the Body in a festschrift for Stratford Caldecott called The Beauty of the House of God, published in 2014.

David has also composed over 120 tones for the psalms in English, with four part arrangements. These have been featured in Chant Cafe, Monastic Musicians magazine the website of the school of liturgical music at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.


Beauty attracts and sacred art attracts, however so few know how to read it.  It attracts because of its transcendent truth and its ability to portray the simple good news at the center of a great vista of the unity of faith.
How can this be of service for the New Evangelization? How do you paint grace?  How did the great Christian artists of old do this? These are the questions and answers that inspire this extraordinary program for the New Evangelization. 
The weekend is for anyone interested in passing on the Catholic faith using sacred art and beauty including, those with general interest, evangelists, catecheists, bloggers, teachers, electronic media makers, artists, and others.
Every session is illustrated and you will be caught by the wonder of the faith in the beauty of the artworks, so much so that you will be able to return home immediately and show others the same beauty of the faith that they too may be caught by it. 
Additionally, throughout the weekend you will sing the Divine Office. People at all levels of singing experience will be able to join in the chanted prayer. The intention is to give those with a basic level of musical skill enough knowledge so that you can take away with you what you learn. Then you can begin to chant the Office at home and teach members of your families and parishes to do the same.
Date: June 12 -14, 2015                Flyer            
Place: Savior Pastoral Center         Registration Form
Fee: $250, includes registration,     Residential Information Packet
accomodations, meals                    Questions: Kimberly Rode                                                                 
Dr. Caroline FareyBA(Hons), M.Phil(Cantab), STB, STL (Leuven), PhL (Maynooth), PhD (Lateran) is the Director of Studies at the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, UK.

Caroline has worked in Catholic higher education in Birmingham, UK, for 17 years, in the fields of Thomist philosophy, Catechetics and the Catholic heritage of Sacred Art, in seminaries and lay institutions, and in both traditional and distance education.

Dr. Farey has particular love and interest for Christian art.  In addition to several articles on the subject, she wrote a regular and highly popular series for teaching and learning the faith through art in the well-known catechetical journal, The Sower.

Dr. Farey was privileged to be one of three lay women experts at the 13th General Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith, Oct 2012, and the receiver of the ‘Message for Catechists’ from Pope Benedict XVI on 11th October 2012 for the Opening of the Year of Faith, the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council. 

Dr. Farey’s publications include: ‘The vocation of the Catechist’, in Hear O Islands, edited by Fr John Redford 2002; ‘At the School of Mary, Woman of the Eucharist’ in The Mystery of Faith, edited by Rev Dr. J. McEvoy and Rev Dr. M Hogan, Dublin: Veritas, 2005, and  Nativity, A Visual Meditation, Family Publications. 2008. She wrote a ‘Learning through Art’ series for 10 years in the catechetical journal, The Sower, from 2000-2013, and a ‘Catechetical Methodology’ series, co-written with Marianne Cuthbertson, for the same journal, 2009–2011. Caroline was the co-producer of Echoes, Parish-based training for handing on Faith, CTS, 2003, and of ‘Anchor’ Catechetical Resource, 2010, privately published. She was also joint editor of and contributor to the proceedings from a Rome conference: The Pedagogy of God, Emmaus Road Publishing, 2011.