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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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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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Suzanne Toolan • Missing Verse From “I Am The Bread Of Life” Hymn
published 12 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

THIS WAS SENT to my email inbox—can anyone verify its authenticity?

679 Suzanne Toolan


I’m not sure whether this is a hoax—one must exercise caution on the internet. If you can help solve this mystery, please use the Facebook comment section.

The text itself seems to be based on the Gospel of John, which is called the “Eucharistic Gospel” because of its sixth chapter.


UPDATE at 11:30am 3/13/2016 :

Many of the people commenting on Facebook agree with me that this is probably a hoax.

Some have suggested that my posting this—in an effort to determine the truth—constitutes “defamation.” However, it’s difficult for me to understand how attempting to determine the truth about something could be defamation.

If this is a hoax—and it seems likely it is—I’m at a loss to know why somebody went through the process of creating such a hoax; what did they gain?


UPDATE at 11:24am 3/17/2016 :

On the CCW facebook, Steven Ottományi posted the following on 15 March at 10:40am:

I have just spoken with Sr. Suzanne Toolan on the phone. She has confirmed that at no time was any text considered, other than the two selections from John (chapters 6 and 11).
In other words, according to this phone call, Toolan confirms our suspicions that this is a hoax.