AM VERY SAD—but happy at the same time—to announce that I am leaving my current position at St. Pius X Catholic Church, here in Conyers, Georgia. Recently, I started the seminarian application process with the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio and have been assigned by His Excellency, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton (Steubenville’s Ordinary) to BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH in Wintersville, OH, where I will be doing a pastoral year and continue my discernment “full-time”. If it is God’s will, I will be entering the seminary to study next fall.
I have been serving Mass and involved in church music for over ten years now. I have always loved the Liturgy of the Roman Rite. For the past five years, I’ve been singing for the Extraordinary Form Mass and have witnessed—so many times—priests falling in love with the Liturgy after High Masses. They have always described it as an “incredible,” prayerful, and peaceful experience. Please pray for me as I continue to discern my vocation to the priesthood and hopefully, by the grace of God, I can celebrate the Holy Mass one day. I hope to continue being involved in Sacred Music, even though I won’t be serving as a music director. I will do my best to keep contributing to this blog regularly.
NE THING I am definitely going to miss about Conyers is the Monastery. I have been teaching Gregorian Chant to a group of Cistercian monks who are very passionate in rediscovering their musical tradition. This past year, we have explored basic vocal techniques, Solfège, and authentic interpretation of Gregorian Chant. I was also asked to teach a GREGORIAN CHANT APPRECIATION course to the novices over the summer. I had the last class with the monks yesterday and we had a great chant rehearsal. They definitely learned and grew tremendously this year. Below is a recording of the Terribilis est locus iste (Introit for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a church) from the rehearsal yesterday:
* * Mp3 Audio • TERRIBILIS EST LOCUS by Cistercian Monks
When I first got here, all they knew was simplified chant in English. This is what they have accomplished in a year, despite the quality of my phone recorder.