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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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“As liturgical art, church music is obliged to conform to ecclesiastical law. But to construct artificial polarities here, between legalistic order and a dynamic church music, demanded by the alleged needs of the day, would be to forsake the foundation of a music rooted in liturgical experience. What is in fact the pastoral value of the shoddy, the profane, the third-rate?”
— Dr. Robert Skeris (1996)

Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference 2018
published 15 July 2018 by Fr. David Friel

OMANO Guardini will be the unifying theme among all of the papers delivered at this year’s Society for Catholic Liturgy (SCL) conference. Guardini was one of the most influential figures in the Liturgical Movement during its early-twentieth-century phase. This year (2018) marks the centenary of the publication of Guardini’s classic book, Vom Geist der Liturgie (The Spirit of the Liturgy).

The SCL conference will be held 27–29 September 2018 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Miami, FL. The event will feature a solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form on Friday, as well as a solemn pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Saturday.

Numerous papers will be presented during the days of this conference, but the three keynote address will include:

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, former Prefect of the CDF (“Lex orandi, lex credendi”)
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami (Topic TBA)
Secretariat of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship (Topic TBA)

More details about the conference—including registration information and titles of papers to be delivered—are available here. I am pleased to be presenting a conference paper entitled, “Romano Guardini and the Priesthood of the Baptized.”

OUNDED in 1995, the Society for Catholic Liturgy is a unique organization that brings together faithful Catholic scholars and artists from around the world to recover, discuss, and promote the rich liturgical tradition of the Church. The Society holds an annual three-day conference and publishes Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, which deals with important theoretical and practical questions in the fields of liturgy and sacramental theology.