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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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Is Chant Just for Old-Heads?
published 10 January 2014 by Fr. David Friel

O WE NEED MORE EVIDENCE that young people are interested in Gregorian chant? So much of the movement towards reform in the world of sacred music has come at the grassroots level, very often involving younger generations than one might first expect. The present and ongoing renewal of chant is decidedly not an arcane niche being propped up by nostalgic octogenarians. It is, rather, a very youthful enterprise.

Here is one small proof. The NY Frassati Fellowship of Catholic Young Adults is hosting a chant workshop this weekend for young adults in the 20’s and 30’s. Led by Br. Vincent Ferrer Baghan, O.P., the event aims to teach attendees about the role of chant in liturgy and the basics of singing chant.

The workshop will be held Saturday, January 11th from 1:30 PM to 4 PM at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer (869 Lexington Avenue). There is no registration cost, but a $5 donation is requested. Talk about grassroots!

Click here to register online.