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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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Pope Gelasius in his 9th Letter to the Bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the Bishop of Tusculum: “Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.” We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution “Etsi Pastoralis” (§6, #21)
— Pope Benedict XIV • Encyclical “Allatae Sunt” (26 July 1755)

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Fr. David Friel & Pope Francis
published 26 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

A friend kindly sent me these photos of our own Fr. David Friel with the pope:

247 Fr. David Friel


I suspect Fr. Friel will tell us more soon!

(Let’s also find out if Fr. Friel asked whether His Holiness reads Views from the Choir Loft.)