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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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!