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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Dunwoodie Sponsors New Sacred Music Conference
published 23 September 2016 by Fr. David Friel

NEW conference in the field of sacred music has just been announced. Hosted by St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, NY, the topic of the gathering will be “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education.”

The format of the conference will include keynote speakers (still TBA), presentations, panel discussions, concerts, and liturgies with distinguished children’s and parish choirs.

What will the subject matter of the conference include? According to the published description, the two-day workshop will address several pastoral questions:

What role does the Church’s treasury of sacred music play in contemporary pastoral ministry and religious education? How does one build a sacred music program of excellence which serves as an integral part of the sacred liturgy and is also effective both in drawing souls to Christ and forming people in the Catholic faith? This national conference will bring together clergy, seminarians, scholars, musicians, teachers, and Catholic school administrators to consider the place of Gregorian chant and excellent choral music in the life of the Catholic Church in America today.

The especially pastoral approach being taken by the organizing committee is similar to the spirit underlying the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians, another effort based at Dunwoodie that serves the Archdiocese of New York and beyond. The practical approach will make this experience accessible to anyone interested in introducing the beauty of chant in a parish setting. The event has been conveniently scheduled on a Friday and Saturday, enabling priests and liturgical musicians to participate without interfering with Sunday obligations.

The call for papers to be presented at this conference has been published. More details are available on the conference website. Paper proposals are due by October 24, 2016.