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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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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!