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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Staunchly Pro-Life: Former Supermodel, Kathy Ireland
published 28 July 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

LOSE TO A DECADE AGO, when I obviously didn’t know how to speak correctly with other human beings, I remember bragging to a priest that I would soon be marrying the most beautiful woman in the world. (He’d spotted my fiancée at Church.) He immediately responded, rather forcefully, “No, that’s Kathy Ireland.”

That was the first time I’d ever heard of Kathy Ireland. It turns out she’s a former model, she’s rich, and … she’s Pro-Life:


“Every saint has a past, every sinner a future.” I have a feeling Kathy Ireland has a role to play reaching a certain type of person who might otherwise not consider becoming Pro-Life.

I suspect Kathy Ireland could draw large crowds as a Pro-Life speaker. Can we convince her to promote Gregorian chant & Renaissance polyphony, too?   ;-)


Video courtesy of Orbis Catholicus.