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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference 2015
published 30 August 2015 by Fr. David Friel

OR THE 20TH TIME, the Society for Catholic Liturgy will sponsor a conference dedicated to the sacred liturgy. This year, it will be held in New York City and will feature a keynote address by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (who was in NYC earlier this year to address the Sacra Liturgia USA conference). Registration is now open.

The theme for this year’s conferece is “The Liturgy: It Is Right and Just.” In addition to his keynote address at the Union League Club (38 East 37th Street) on October 1, Archbishop Cordileone will also celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on October 2 at 9 AM in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (Mott Street, between Prince & Houston). This Mass will feature an excellent, sixteen-voice choir.

The lectures on Friday on Saturday will be given at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street). Among the speakers are the following:

Dr. William Mahrt, of Standford University & CMAA President, who will discuss how the various styles and hierarchies of Gregorian chant melodies coordinate with the action of the liturgy
Dr. Michon Matthiesen, of the University of St. Mary, will explore the nature of the act of liturgical worship in terms of the virtue of justice
Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, Lecturer in Church History at Heythrop College, and editor of the journal Antiphon, who will assess the central importance of the Last Supper tradition for the shaping of the early Christian Eucharist

The conference will also offer a pastoral track, featuring practical workshops for parish and diocesan personnel. Topics will range from music to art to the ars celebrandi, including the introduction of chant to a parish and the training of altar servers.

As a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, myself, I highly encourage those who are able to participate in these three days of learning, prayer, and camaraderie. For more information about the conference schedule, and to register, click HERE.

OUNDED in 1995, the Society for Catholic Liturgy is a unique organization that brings together faithful Catholic scholars and artists from around the world to recover, discuss, and promote the rich liturgical tradition of the Church. The Society holds an annual three-day conference and publishes Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, which deals with important theoretical and practical questions in the fields of liturgy and sacramental theology.