Priests working for the Catholic Academy of Arts posed for a photograph on Oct. 21. (From left) Father Hieronymus Chang Keung-sun, director of 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)
Seoul Archdiocese plans to establish a Catholic Academy of Arts to spread awareness of church art and to manage church art more professionally.The project plans to collect arts and artifacts within the archdiocese and other parts of the country for their maintenance, conservation and study, church officials announced.The academy, planned as a non-profit organization, is scheduled to be launched on Nov. 29, the first Sunday of Advent that starts the four-week season preparing for Christmas.The academy plans to have an education center headed by archdiocesan public relations committee president Father Father Mattias Heo Young-yup."The establishment of the Catholic Academy of Arts will be a major milestone in the pastoral ministry," Father Young-yup said.