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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

Sacra Liturgia UK — Registration Now Open
published 17 January 2016 by Fr. David Friel

ACRA LITURGIA began in June 2013, with the first conference held in Rome. The event was billed as an international conference on liturgical formation, celebration, and mission in the Year of Faith. The proceedings also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Second Vatican Council. The distinguished speakers included Cardinal Llovera, Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop Sample, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., Dom Alcuin Reid, Prof. Tracey Rowland, and Jeffrey Tucker, among several others.

As a continuation of the discussion that began during those days in Rome, the idea for Sacra Liturgia USA was born. In July 2015, that conference featured speakers of the same high caliber: Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Cordileone, Rev. Thomas Kocik, Dr. Michael Foley, and fellow blogger Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. I reported on those proceedings with a series of posts (one, two, three, and four).

Now a third iteration of Sacra Liturgia has been organized, this time in the United Kingdom. This July 5-8, London will be the backdrop for another impressive group of speakers. Lectures will take place at Imperial College in Kensington.

The liturgies for the week will feature a fascinating array of celebrants & preachers, including Cardinal Sarah, Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Dominique Rey, and Msgr. Keith Newton (Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham). Most of the liturgies will be hosted at the Brompton Oratory.

Registration is now open. The group is generously offering a 35% student discount, as well as full & partial registration options. I would encourage all clergy, religious, and laity with an interest in authentic liturgical renewal to consider attending Sacra Liturgia UK 2016!