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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Colloquium Roundup
published 8 July 2014 by Fr. David Friel

NOTHER SUCCESSFUL CMAA Sacred Music Colloquium has come and passed. It was a glorious experience, made beautiful by tremendous music and made enjoyable by terrific fellowship. If you were not able to attend in person, you are not out of luck. You will find here a number of resources that will help you to tap into some of the experience from the comfort of home.

First, if you haven’t checked out my own summaries & reflections on the week, they are available here:

Colloquium Update I
Colloquium Update II
Colloquium Update III
Colloquium Update IV

For magnificent photos of the liturgies, check out the posts by Charles Cole at NLM:

New Liturgical Movement

Ben Yanke has posted an awesome series of short videos (vlogs) recapping the workshops, liturgies, and day-to-day events of the Colloquium over at the Chant Café. There you will also find a few reflections by Charles Culbreath:

Chant Café

Finally, one of the other priests in attendance at the Colloquium was Fr. James Bradley, of the Ordinariate. He has promised several reflections on his experiences in Indianapolis. These will be posted on his website, Thine Own Service:

Thine Own Service

Next year’s Colloquium will be held from June 29th to July 4th at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. (Naturally, I’m happy that the event is returning to my home state!) If you have never been to a Colloquium before, treat yourself. There is so much to be learned and experienced and enjoyed.