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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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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)

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Video • Nuns At Work (1965)
published 18 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Y FAVORITE LINE from this beautiful film about Catholic nuns is: “The Catholic nun works with zest—and a sense of fun—along with her devotion.”


When I see a film like this, I remember a line from a sermon by St. John Vianney. He said something to the effect of: “O Christian, do you not realize the life to which you’re called is beautiful? Even the pagan has to admit this reality about your calling.”

What has happened to our nuns? Where have they gone?