Catholic Art Guild
The Catholic Art Guild is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization created to support Catholic art and artists. The mission of the guild is to catalyze artists towards participation in the new evangelization, answering the call of Pope Saint John Paul the II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIth and Pope Paul VI, all of whom called artists to use their gifts in aid of the Church and for the greater glory of God. The Catholic Art guild is a community focused on beauty; its captivating power to convert souls. We are corporeally and spiritually based out of the St. John Cantius parish of Chicago. We are also working with the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN), who will support the marketing and community building needs of the Guild and its members.
The Charism of our spiritual affiliates the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is “the restoration of the sacred in liturgy, music and art,” a vision that aligns with our desire to restore the sacred in our artistic vocations. St. John Cantius is known for excellence in all of their endeavors, particularly the liturgy. Conducively, the Catholic Art Guild will work to support and promote excellence in Catholic Art and in the work of its members. The Canons Regular will provide spiritual support for the mission and members of the Catholic Art Guild, as well as hosting monthly educational and community building events in support of this aim. The parish will also host a larger annual event to include a special mass for the mission of the Catholic Art Guild. We believe the mission can only be realized through prayerful support of its members and that of the Canons. We ask all members to pray for the mission of this most important work of evangelizing the culture through catholic beauty and art. (If you are unfamiliar with St. John Cantius and would like further information, this documentary video is very informative.)
The Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) is a lay apostolate that hosts the largest national Catholic marketing event in the country. Their annual trade show hosts numerous Catholic retailers, publishers, authors, and clergy, as well as EWTN television and radio. The CMN Trade show is an ideal place to network as well as reach a large audience of catholic retailers and publishers while simultaneously supporting the community-building needs of The Guild.
Please consider becoming part of of this exciting and unique initiative focused on catholic beauty and art. Help us raise awareness of the need for beauty and its power to evangelize souls by uniting with our common vision. As “custodians of Beauty”, artists are given an essential and unique gift for evangelization, but one that can easily be overlooked in this post-modern and utilitarian culture. Beautiful art and architecture are lasting gifts for generations, particularly for the poor. Please consider supporting our mission by becoming a member or simply making a donation. The dues will be used toward the costs of staging events and supporting our mission.