Korean Catholics plan art academy to showcase church history

Priests working for the Catholic Academy of Arts posed for a photo on October 21. (Left to right) Father Hieronymus Chang Keung-sun, Director of the Icon Institute, Father Simon Jee Young-hyun, Father Mattias Heo Young-yup, Director of the Catholic Academy of Arts, and Father Aemillius Chung Woong -mo. (Photo: Catholic Times)

The Archdiocese of Seoul plans to establish a Catholic Art Academy to publicize religious art and manage religious art more professionally.

The project plans to collect arts and artifacts from the archdiocese and other parts of the country for their care, preservation and study, church officials said. The academy, planned as a non-profit organization, is set to launch on November 29. the first Sunday of Advent which begins the four-week season which prepares for Christmas. The academy plans to have an education center headed by the chairman of the archdiocesan public relations committee, Fr. Mattias Heo Young-yup. “The establishment of the Catholic Academy of Arts will be a milestone in pastoral ministry,” Fr. Young-yup said. Simon Jee Young-hyun, director of the Seoul Catholic Artists Association, and other high priests are also part of the project, Father Young-yup said. He said work to preserve the arts of the church and studies about them were underway. The academy was established following requests from Catholics for the conservation and management of works of art, the priest said. project to showcase local Catholic history through the arts. .Art conferences and seminars, suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume under the banner of the academy. These conferences will be held online, church officials said.

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