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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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"As you might imagine, it was a disaster."
published 18 November 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here’s what a reader kindly sent in response to this article:

FOUND THIS ARTICLE to be most interesting. During the late 1960’s I attended a Fourth Degree dialogue Mass on a fairly regular basis. As you may remember, or know, in 1965 the 1962 missal began to be revised by deletions and, diocese by diocese, the vernacular became the norm. However, in New York City at Holy Family parish Latin we retained. The basis for this was that the church was near the UN Building and this Latin language Mass was intended for UN personnel.

The Mass not only incorporated all of the revisions, but it was a Fourth Degree dialogue Mass. As you would imagine, it was a disaster. While most worshipers were stumbling through the Introit or Collect, a few fluent in Latin would be loudly racing through the prayers. It was difficult to attend but was the only Mass in Latin available at the time.

William G_______
Cherry Hill, New Jersey