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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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Some people call you “traditionalists.” Sometimes you even call yourselves “traditional Catholics” or hyphenate yourselves in a similar way. Please do this no longer. You do not belong in a box on the shelf or in a museum of curiosities. You are not traditionalists: you are Catholics of the Roman rite—as am I, and as is the Holy Father. You are not second-class or somehow peculiar members of the Catholic Church because of your life of worship and your spiritual practices, which were those of innumerable saints.
— Robert Cardinal Sarah (14 Sept 2017)

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Fulton J. Sheen • “Hints On Public Speaking”
published 10 November 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

3990 ARCHBISHOP FULTON J SHEEN OMEONE NAMED Thomas C. Reeves wrote a biography of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen entitled: America’s Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen. I can’t recommend purchasing that book because of its serious flaws. 1

However, here’s something I actually liked:

    * *  Hints on Public Speaking (Fulton J. Sheen)

We choirmasters are often called upon to speak in public, so I thought readers would enjoy this. I started giving public presentations while still in college, at venues such as Washburn University. My first attempts were pretty horrible, but that’s okay because I learned a ton.

First Bonus :

Check out this 1935 letter sent by Bishop Schlarman on Sheen’s behalf.

Second Bonus :

Check out this nifty photograph of Sheen with Ratzinger.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   For example, much of it is nothing more than a rehash of Sheen’s autobiography. The citations are laid out very poorly (perhaps by design). Moreover, Mr. Reeves often attempts to “fact check” things about Sheen’s early life, but makes foolish errors in the process. The commentary on “the times” could best be described as simpleminded. Perhaps I should publish a full-fledged review of the book…but that strikes me as a waste of time.