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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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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!