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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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“The problem of the new Missal resides in its departure from the continuous history which was going on before and after Pius V, and that it creates definitely a new book (although with old material). Its appearance is accompanied by a type of prohibition of what was traditional, being such a type of prohibition alien to the ecclesiastical history of law and of liturgy. From my personal knowledge of the conciliar debates and from the repeated reading of the speeches of the Fathers of the Council, I can say with certainty, that this was not intended by them.”
— Cardinal Ratzinger, Letter to Wolfgang Waldstein (14 December 1976)

The Wethersfield Institute Chant Workshop
published 6 May 2018 by Fr. David Friel

HIS JUNE, a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your chanting skills is on offer in New York State. The third annual Wethersfield Institute Chant Workshop will be held from June 25-28, 2018 at a picturesque farm property that sits twenty-five miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, NY.

The focus of this workshop is training in the singing, teaching, and directing of Gregorian chant. The goals of the instructors will be: 1) to provide musical and theological instruction concerning chant, 2) to practice singing and leading chant in Latin and English, and 3) to help participants apply what they have learned to their concrete situation.

Meals and accommodations for participants will be in the historic Wethersfield House. Daily sung Masses and liturgical offices will be celebrated in the house chapel.

This year’s instructors are two Dominican friars of the Province of St. Joseph, Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. and Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P. Both friars are experienced organists and choral singers.

Father Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. holds an S.T.L. from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, an M.Mus. in sacred choral music from The Catholic University of America, and the B. Mus. in vocal music education from St. Olaf College. Currently, he teaches theology and music at Providence College in Rhode Island.

Father Charles Shonk, O.P. also received an S.T.L. from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, as well as a B.A. in Latin and Philosophy from Denison University. He presently serves as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, OH.

Anyone interested in attending the Wethersfield Institute Chant Workshop in 2018 should consult the event flyer and complete the application available from the event website.