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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

Introducing the Wethersfield Institute Chant Workshop
published 16 April 2017 by Fr. David Friel

UMMER 2017 has several excellent sacred music programs on offer. Within a span of just two weeks in late June, there will be three outstanding programs offered on the East Coast, on the West Coast, and in the Midwest.

First up is the 27th annual CMAA Sacred Music Colloquium, to be held in St. Paul, MN from June 19-24, 2017. More details available here.

Second is the second annual Sacred Music Symposium hosted by the FSSP parish in Los Angeles, CA. Dates for the symposium are June 26-30, 2017, and information can be found here.

Third is the inaugural Wethersfield Institute Chant Workshop, which runs from June 27-30, 2017. This event, to be held at Wethersfield house, Amenia, NY, will be led by two Dominicans: Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. and Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. This event is billed as an intensive course on Gregorian chant that will feature instruction in singing, teaching, and directing Gregorian chant. Both Mass and the Divine Office will be sung daily. Further details are available from the workshop website here.

June promises to be a wonderful month for the advancement of sacred music. These three conferences, together with Sacra Liturgia Milano earlier in the month (June 6-9, 2017), will introduce the treasury of the Church’s music to many new people. These workshops will also deepen the knowledge and experience of many folks already working with chant in their parishes and institutions.

The placement of these opportunities across the country is very good news for the renewal of sacred music. It is simple evidence that there is a widespread need being met. May the Lord bring forth much fruit from each of these events!