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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Rev. David M. Friel
published 10 January 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

312 David Friel ATHER DAVID M. FRIEL is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in May 2011. He is currently in full-time graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, working toward an STL in sacred liturgy. He studied philosophy & theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he also served as organist, cantor, and liturgical Master of Ceremonies. Upon ordination, he served for five years as Parochial Vicar at Saint Anselm Church in Northeast Philadelphia. He enjoys backpacking, running, reading, and sports of all kinds.

Father Friel studied organ under Dr. Theodore Kiefer, and he also enjoys composing music. His music has been published at CanticaNOVA Publications, and his Mass in Honor of St. John Neumann is available online through the Creative Commons.


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