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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

“Transfigured” Young Adult Liturgy Conference
published 3 February 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ECENT years have seen an uptick in summer programs related to liturgy and sacred music. Stalwarts like the CMAA Colloquium remain, alongside newer events like the FSSP Sacred Music Symposium and last summer’s Wethersfield Chant Institute. Offerings have ranged from the popular and inventive “Chant Camp” for children to the international series of Sacra Liturgia conferences.

Last summer witnessed the inaugural Transfigured Young Adult Liturgy Conference. Hosted by The Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL), the 2017 event was reportedly quite successful and will be reprised in 2018.

This year’s conference is being billed as a “study weekend.” It will feature “seven fun and challenging classroom lectures,” together with sung Mass and Divine Office each day.

Faculty members for Transfigured 2018 will include:

Bishop Joseph Perry — Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Christopher Carstens — Editor/Publisher of Adoremus Bulletin & Liturgical Institute Faculty
Dr. Denis McNamara — Academic Director of the Liturgical Institute
Dr. Lynne Boughton —Liturgical Institute Faculty
Rev. Thomas Baima — Administrative Dean of the Liturgical Institute
Dr. Michael Foley — Associate Professor of Patristics at Baylor University
Rev. John Kartje — Rector of Mundelein Seminary & Liturgical Institute Faculty

Schedule, pricing, and further details are available on the conference website.