Neilson Carlin: Creator of the Icon for the World Meeting of Families

Icon - The Holy Family

"The scales began to fall."  Neilson Carlin is talking about his conversion to the Catholic faith, which was facilitated through the patient guidance of a priest and deacon who answered his many questions during an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program in 2000.  Carlin had not expected to become Catholic, but only wanted to know more about the faith which was so important to his fiancee and her mother.Carlin is a Philadelphia artist who now specializes in sacred art.  He was s … [Read more...]

Who Are the Americans Who Will Participate in the October Synod?

News from the Vatican this morning, where Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has just announced the names of 253 individuals who will participate in the upcoming Synod which will be held October 5-19, 2014.The word "Synod" (or "Synodus" in Latin) means "taking a path together."  Participants will come together from around the world for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.  The theme of their discussions will be "Pastoral Challenges t … [Read more...]

Separated At Birth: “THE IDENTICAL” Explores Identity, Conflict, Mission

First, there's the great music:  THE IDENTICAL, which is showing this week in theaters across America, is replete with rock-and-roll music that is eerily reminiscent of the great Elvis Presley.  In fact, the legendary rock star Drexel Helmsley, one of the twin protagonists played by Blake Rayne, is a dead ringer for the '50s icon; and if you're not careful, you'll slip into believing that it's Elvis's life you're peering into on the big screen.  Rayne himself, an indie recording artist and form … [Read more...]