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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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“In 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
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Podcast on Sacred Music
published 14 May 2017 by Fr. David Friel

Y FIRST FORAY into the world of podcasts came a couple of weeks ago when I agreed to be interviewed by some seminarians who are involved in the blog of my alma mater, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook. Their blog, entitled Seminarian Casual, features articles on a variety of topics written by a mix of seminarians and priests.

For the interview, I was led to a room that used to be a “phone room” when I was a seminarian (an anachronism, to say the least). The space has now been admirably transformed into a makeshift studio, complete with microphones, mixers, and acoustical foam on the walls and ceiling.

The topic of my interview was sacred music, so I am providing a link to it here for the benefit of our readers:

    * *  PODCAST Sacred Music Today


The podcast is 30 minutes long, and some of the more specific topics of discussion include: the distinction between sacred, religious, and secular music; the ideal qualities of a music director; the differences between chant and polyphony; the proper role of hymnody in Catholic worship.

If listening to the podcast prompts any questions or thoughts, please feel free to comment!