We would like to share the beautiful witness given by our friend Camil Martinez during this year's New York Encounter. She speaks about her relationship with Msgr. Albacete. The panel was titled The Father: Who is He? Camil begins speaking at the 37:30 mark, but we suggest you watch the entire panel if you are able.
If you are in the New York metropolitan area this weekend, we encourage you to visit the New York Encounter, an annual cultural celebration in the heart of Manhattan. And while you are there, stop by the Albacete Forum table!
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed beginning to your holiday season! As you digest your turkey and pumpkin pie, we offer some food for thought, "Thursday Thanks and Friday Frenzy" a short reflection by Msgr. Albacete on the way today's Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and the Friday that follows...
Last Friday we officially launched The Albacete Forum with a reception before Crossroads Cultural Center’s yearly Albacete Lecture. We want to thank Crossroads for welcoming us and all the friends who joined us to celebrate. The video of Fr. Julian Carron’s lecture is available to view online.
Tuesday, October 24 will mark the third anniversary of Lorenzo Albacete’s death. He will be remembered at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, October 22 at St. Mary's Church, 440 Grand Street in Manhattan. All are invited to attend.
Finally, we must shamelessly plug our new appeal…
Yes, folks, it is indeed “the dark night of the wallet” here at The Albacete Forum. We need your help, so please consider making a donation. All contributions are tax deductible and will go toward helping us publish Monsignor Albacete’s writings, uncovering and archiving new material, and expanding the offerings on this magnificent website! And while you are making your donation, we also invite you to leave a memory or tribute to Lorenzo Albacete that will appear on our new MEMORIES page starting on October 24. (If you don't know what a "dark night of the wallet" is, we suggest you check out the WORKS page!)
We are thrilled to share the full text of a homily that Monsignor Albacete delivered on October 18, 1992 on the Parable of the Wedding Feast, which happens to be this Sunday's Gospel reading. Enjoy!
Also, Friday's Albacete Lecture at the Sheen Center, sponsored by Crossroads Cultural Center, is sold out. However, you can watch Fr. Julian Carron's talk via a live-stream.
The new week began in horrifying tragedy. Questions of "how" and "why" inevitably arose, as did the same familiar arguments about Americans' Constitutional rights and the need for gun control. Today we have posted three new Albacete writings that we believe can put us in a better frame of mind to face these questions together. As Monsignor says in one of the writings, "This determination not to give up in the search for truth is one of our main contributions to the dialogue."
We also want to point you to the AVSI campaign raising funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. AVSI does amazing work and will put any contributions to good work.
Finally, our friend Flor told us about an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, "Cristóbal de Villalpando, Mexican Painter of the Baroque," featuring his amazing altarpieces and chapel paintings. I visited the exhibit yesterday and found it fascinating and moving. It only runs until October 15th, so see it while you have the chance! We hope to speak more about it soon.
We are excited to announce the launch of The Albacete Forum, an initiative born from the love and gratitude we feel for our dear friend, Lorenzo Albacete—Catholic priest, theologian, columnist, and former scientist. The Forum is our attempt to honor Monsignor's life and legacy as we "seek to keep his works in the public sphere and to promote his outlook and interests in the Church and wider world (...)." We encourage you to read our full Mission Statement.
As we approach the third anniversary of Monsignor's death, we risk losing his unique and essential contributions to Catholic thought and American culture if we do not act quickly to preserve them. An immediate priority for the Forum is to gather every scrap of Albacete material we can find—written works, audiovisual files, emails, photographs, etc.—and store them in our digital archive, where they will be regularly maintained and backed up.
This work has been underway for months, and although we have already collected hundreds of items, vast amounts of material remain undiscovered. Monsignor Albacete was a prolific writer and speaker. Who knows what treasures are still out there? The hunt is now on and we need your help. If you possess any original Albacete material or have a hunch where we might look, please contact us. There is no time to lose!
Our next concern is make these materials available to a wide audience. Through our online presence, in-person events, and the publication of Monsignor's writings, we hope to enable an encounter with the man and his thought. A collection of his essays on faith and culture is currently in preparation for expected publication in 2018. More volumes will follow, including our first ebook of Albacete material.
Over the next months, we will be constantly updating our website with excerpts from Monsignor's work, interviews with his colleagues and friends, and scholarly articles that engage his thought and outlook.
Other initiatives are also in the works—all informed by Albacete's own curiosity in front of reality, his passion for engaging with others, and his concern that everyone in the Church and our society feel welcome and valued. Check back here for more information in the days ahead.
As this adventure begins, we ask you to pray for our work and to consider making a donation. The Albacete Forum is a nonprofit organization. We can only succeed with the support of those who love and respect Monsignor Albacete and want to see his memory continue and his legacy live on!
John, Olivetta, and Lisa