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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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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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New Details on Dunwoodie Chant Conference
published 1 January 2017 by Fr. David Friel

HIS MARCH, St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers will host a chant conference entitled, “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education.” We announced the preliminary details of this gathering back in September (here), but a number of new pieces of information have recently been released.

First, I am pleased to say that I will be among the presenters at this conference. My topic will be Is Beauty Subjective? Identifying the Criteria of Beauty. In this presentation, I hope to explore the notion of beauty as a Transcendental property with an objective basis.

The three keynote speakers will include Fr. Robert Skeris, Fr. Christopher Smith, and Mark Langley. A full list of speakers, topics, biographies, and lecture abstracts is now available via the conference website.

The format of conference will further include panel discussions, concerts, and liturgies featuring distinguished children’s and parish choirs.

Registration is now open for this event, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 10 & 11, 2017. Plan to participate in this pastoral summit on Gregorian chant!