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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 an STL in sacred liturgy 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

Fota XI Liturgy Conference
published 13 May 2018 by Fr. David Friel

UMMER 2018 is shaping up to be another off-season filled with numerous opportunities to learn more about the liturgy and sacred music. Last week, we highlighted the third annual chant workshop being hosted by the Wethersfield Institute in New York State. Registration continues, meanwhile, for the Sacred Music Symposium in Los Angeles. Yet another opportunity will be on offer in southern Ireland.

It was announced late last month that the annual Fota Liturgy Conference will be held July 7–9, 2018. This conference will again be hosted by the St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Cork.

The theme for Fota XI is Psallite Sapienter: The Liturgy of the Hours. Speakers will include:

Dom Benedict Andersen, OSB (Silverstream Priory, Ireland)
Fr. Joseph Briody (Boston, MA)
Fr. Sven Conrad, FSSP (Germany)
Mr. Gregory DiPippo (NLM)
Mr. Matthew Hazell (Sheffield, UK)
Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB (Washington, DC)
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (Lander, WY)
Fr. Dennis McManus (Boston, MA)
Dr. William Mahrt (Stanford, CA)

Further details and registration form are available here.

In the summer of 2016, I was fortunate to attend the Fota IX Liturgy Conference. My recap of that year’s conference surveys some of the fascinating discussions this event promotes.