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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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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.