FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2017n


Christmas at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is fast becoming a New York tradition, bringing music, film, theater, and thought to all who wish to share in the Spirit of the Season. December opens with tonight's sold-out show, RISE UP! A CONCERT FOR THE HOLIDAYS, featuring Grammy Award-winning host Michael Elroy and The Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir, performing selections from the critically-acclaimed Gospel classic "Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas" as well as Christmas standards

The holiday momentum continues with Eileen Ivers' JOYFUL CHRISTMAS , this Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30pm, with Eileen's inimitable violin performance and diverse musical style, inspiring audiences with an innovative blend of Celtic sounds and holiday classics. The music continues with Michael Cerveris and his folk/rock collective, Loose Cattle, on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, with the premiere performance of their new album , SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER, featuring Laura Cantrell, Will Chase, Ben McKenzie, and Robin Lord Taylor.

Thought leaders Ross Douthat of The New York Times and James Martin, SJ, of America Magazine will share the stage for the first installment of the groundbreaking series, CIVILITY IN AMERICA on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00pm with a topical debate on "Religion" in the world today. Moderated by Matt Malone, SJ, Editor in Chief of America Magazine, CIVILITY IN AMERICA brings together public figures holding contrasting perspectives of socially relevant issues, for an evening of informed dialogue and spirited, civil discussion.

The Second Annual FULTON SHEEN MEMORIAL will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 12:00pm. The day's events will open with a lecture by author Paul Kengor, PhD, exploring the Cold War as the backdrop for the public ministry of Fulton Sheen. Dr. Kengor will shine a light on Fulton Sheen, the "influencer", by looking closely at his contemporaries, Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, each of whom played a pivotal role in the demise of Communism. Following the lecture there will be two panel discussions, one with noted Sheen expert Sherry Brownrigg, and the other with Peter Dwyer, both moderated by David DiCerto, Director of Program Administration at The Sheen Center. The Sheen Center Book Fair, featuring selections from eminent Catholic thinkers, also opens in the Loreto Theater Lobby.

Fr. Bob VerEecke, S.J.'s CHRISTMAS REVELATIONS, returns to the Loreto stage on Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm with an extraordinary display of dance and holiday spirit, weaving together old and new expressions of the Christmas story with brilliant choreography. Finally, The Sheen Center's signature Christmas family event on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00pm will feature carols by St. Stephen's children's choir, a reading of Clement Moore's "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" by a celebrity guest, and a screening of the original Dr. Seuss classic, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

Press interested in covering any of these events or the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture are kindly asked to contact Mercedes Lopez Blanco at [email protected].