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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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“I would hope there is a place [at Mass] for the avant-garde in the same way I think there has to be a place—and we have to be careful with this—a place for Jazz and a place for Evangelical and all of that. […] On theological grounds, I do think we need interaction with the culture at the level of high art or at the level of more commercial pop culture.”
— Fr. Anthony Ruff (22 June 2016)

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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!