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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 feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing—direct murder by the mother herself. And we read in the Scripture, for God says very clearly: "Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you: I have carved you in the palm of my hand."
— Mother Theresa (11 Dec 1979)

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.