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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)
Does Sacred Music Help You Pray?
published 7 June 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

Many Catholic authors have written about the inherent “prayerful quality” of Sacred Music, which is manifest in this CD recording of the Sorrow Mysteries of the Holy Rosary with Sacred music, prayed by Most Reverend Bishop René H. Gracida. In addition to the normal prayers of the Rosary, His Excellency also adds reflections and meditations.

Audio Excerpts (recorded live): 3rd Sorrowful MysteryBruckner “Ave Maria”Gregorian Introit
Alleluia before the GospelC. Callaghan “Vexilla Regis”

This Compact Disc also includes Sacred music selections which focus in a special way on the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalen, who stood at the foot of the cross of our Savior. These extra recordings come from the St. Mary Magdalen Mass (please see video below) and CMAA Colloquium XIX.

Most Reverend Bishop Gracida, who (in the past) has ordained members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter according to the 1962 Missal, frequently promotes the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and will be offering a special Mass (7/6/2011) in honor of Blessed John Paul II, using the Extraordinary Form.