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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Update on Sacra Liturgia Milano 2017
published 27 November 2016 by Fr. David Friel

LANS FOR Sacra Liturgia Milano continue to take shape. Building on the success of Sacra Liturgia proceedings in Rome (2013), New York City (2015), and London (2016), this gathering bills itself as an international conference on liturgical formation, celebration, and mission.

The conference will be held June 6-9, 2017, with presentations being given in the Aula Magna of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. All talks will be simultaneously translated in Italian and English.

Among the most interesting aspects of this symposium will be the accompanying liturgical celebrations, which will include both uses of the Ambrosian rite. Solemn vespers, led by His Eminence Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, will open the conference. Liturgies will be held in the Basilica of St. Ambrose, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and another still-to-be-determined site.

Arrangements are being made for an organized afternoon of cultural visits, allowing participants to explore such places as the Bibliotheca Ambrosiana and the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

At this time, the impressive list of speakers includes: His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Abbot Christopher Zielinski, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., Dom Alcuin Reid, Prof. Jennifer Donelson, Msgr. Claudio Magnoli, Fr. Vincenze Nuara, O.P., Msgr. Timothy Verdon, Prof. Angelo Rusconi, Prof. Cesare Alzati, Msgr. Marco Navoni, Msgr. Ennio Apeciti, and Dr. Andrea Gramegna.

The conference website is set to launch in December, with registration opening by the end of January. In the meantime, the best way to stay informed of developments on Sacra Liturgia Milano 2017 is via their Facebook page.