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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 (1997)

Conference Updates
published 29 January 2017 by Fr. David Friel

EW INFORMATION is available for two upcoming liturgical summits. First is the national Gregorian chant conference being hosted at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in March, and second is the Sacra Liturgia conference to be held this June in Milan.

The Dunwoodie gathering is entitled “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education.” New information has just been posted concerning the sacred liturgies that will form part of this experience. The lists of speakers and topics are very exciting. N.B.: Registration for this conference ends this week, on Wednesday, February 1st. Register here.

My presentation for this conference is entitled, Is Beauty Subjective? Identifying the Criteria of Beauty. Following is the abstract:

It is commonly held that beauty exists in the eye of the beholder and is therefore a subjective quality. True beauty, however, is a transcendental property, touching upon the eternal and reflecting aesthetic criteria. Through an approach that is both philosophical and theological, these criteria will be established and shown to be a necessary part of human experience.

This study will rely on the thought of Jacques Maritain, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, and St. John Paul II. Attention will further be given to identifying the “lost center” lamented by Hans Sedlmayr. The aesthetics of beauty will then be applied to Gregorian chant as sacred music par excellence.

Two weeks ago, Sacra Liturgia Milan released a full list of its speakers and their topics. Among this list, especially notable are Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Burke, Fr. Michael Lang, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, and Dom Alcuin Reid.