Sep 15, 2014

News and Views

Online Edition
September 2014
Vol. XX, No. 6

News & Views

New Chant Academy for Pastoral Musicians in New York Seminary | Liturgical Institute’s Church Architecture Conference | Society For Catholic Liturgy Conference | Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference | Magnificat Day in Memphis | Former Anglican Parish, Now Catholic, Moves to DC


New Chant Academy for Pastoral Musicians in New York Seminary

The inaugural season of the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians at Saint Joseph Seminary was announced on August 22 by the Archdiocesan Liturgy Committee of New York.

The new music program at the seminary in Yonkers, which is the center of formation for the priesthood for the Arch- diocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will train parish musicians in the history, theology, and pastoral principles of liturgy and sacred music.

Musicians enrolled in the St. Cecilia Academy will participate in masters level courses, including:

Introduction to Liturgy
Liturgical Music: History of Sacred Music, Principles of Sacred Music, Liturgical Music Planning
Liturgical Year/Art and Environment in Worship
Principles of Chant: Theory and Practicum

At the program’s conclusion, qualified students will receive accreditation as a pastoral musician within the Archdiocese of New York.

“We at St. Joseph’s Seminary are looking forward to partnering with the archdiocese’s Office of Liturgy in this exciting new initiative,” said Monsignor Peter Vaccari, rector of St. Joseph’s. “The St. Cecilia Academy continues our institution’s historic tradition of offering the highest quality theological education to lay, religious, and clergy in the greater New York area.”

Musicians sponsored by their parishes will receive a 50% discount on seminary tuition upon enrollment.

For more information, please contact Fr. Matthew Ernest at [email protected] or visit


Liturgical Institute’s Church Architecture Conference

The Liturgical Institute sponsored a day-long conference on the importance of Church architecture on September 26 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, Illinois. 

The conference title, Decoding the Christian Temple: Church Architecture and Its Place in Christian Worship, provided the focus of the presenters of the sessions: Father Douglas Martis, director of the Liturgical Institute; Dr. Denis McNamara, who teaches at the Liturgical Institute and specializes in the intersection of sacramental theology with church design; and Christopher Carstens, director of the Office of Sacred Worship in the diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and co-author with Father Martis of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice.



Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference

“The Temple Transformed: Liturgy Art, Music Architecture & the Fulfillment of the Old Testament” is the title of the 2014 annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy held in at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs, October 2-4. Lincoln Bishop James D. Conley will present the keynote address on Thursday evening, October 2.

In addition to scholarly presentations by noted theologians, musicians, and architects — among them Father Uwe Michael Lang, Duncan Stroik, James McCreary,  Denis McNamara, and William Heyer — the conference will feature several pastoral sessions on sacred music presented by Jennifer Donelson of the Church Music Association of America and others.

Liturgies in both ordinary and extraordinary forms will be held at the cathedral.

Conference schedule and other information:


Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference

The fifth annual Musica Sacra St. Louis conference will explore “The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary” and “English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers.”

The event will take place October 23-25 at the historic Shrine of St. Joseph in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is co-sponsored by Musica Sacra Saint Louis and the Archdiocesan Office for Sacred Music.

Instructors include Dr. William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, and Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of St. Louis. Dr. Mahrt and Dr. Buchholz also serve as president and vice-president, respectively, of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA).

On Thursday evening, Dr. Mahrt will lecture on the Beauty of the Mass Ordinary. Throughout the conference, participants will have the opportunity to study an assortment of Gregorian settings of the Ordinary.

Horst Buchholz will discuss various English-language settings of the Mass Propers. Special focus will be given to the work of Father Samuel Weber’s English Gradual.
The conference is open to all music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, etc. with an interest in the history and application of music in the Liturgy.

Tuition for the conference: $125 (full conference) or $90 (single day) includes all study materials and lunch on Friday.

For more information, contact  the Archdiocesan Office for Sacred Music,, or call 314-614-7702.


Magnificat Day in Memphis

Magnificat Day, a day of prayer, reflection, and a Eucharistic procession, will take place on All Saints Day, November 1, in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Speakers will be Father Peter John Cameron, OP, editor of Magnificat, and Father Robert Barron, rector of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, founder of Word on Fire and the Catholicism series. Relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents will be venerated. The event will conclude with a Eucharistic procession and Benediction.

Magnificat Day is co-sponsored by the Magnificat Foundation, the Diocese of Memphis, and the Lumen Civitatis Foundation.

For schedule, registration and more information, visit


Former Anglican Parish, Now Catholic, Moves to DC

St. Luke’s Catholic community, a formerly Episcopal church that entered the Catholic Church as a group in 2011, announces its move from Bladensburg, Maryland to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in downtown Washington, DC.  

St. Luke’s belongs to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established according to Pope Benedict XVI’s Anglicanorum Coetibus, for those of Anglican heritage to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, while main- taining distinctive elements of their spiritual, theological, and liturgical patrimony.

Mass was offered at the new location for the first time on September 7; and will be offered by the St. Luke’s Community every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church.

The liturgy of the Ordinariate churches retains elements of traditional Anglican worship. The Mass is partly derived from a number of Anglican sources, including the English prayer books of 1549 and 1662.

Father Mark Lewis, Pastor of St. Luke’s, said, “Moving to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is important for two reasons. First, is the obvious: it positions the Ordinariate in a more centralized location, easily accessible to all in the DC metro area; and secondly, it is significant that we will be worshipping in a church of the Archdiocese of Washington. The shared arrangement worked out with the Archdiocese of Washington enables us to accomplish one of the primary goals of the Ordinariate, to deepen the ties of the communion with the local Catholic Church.

“The Archdiocese of Washington has given us strong support in our transition to Catholicism, in establishing an Ordinariate community, and now by allowing our community to be placed in the best possible position for success,” said Father Lewis. 

“I would like to thank Cardinal Donald Wuerl and the Archdiocese of Washington as well as Msgr. James Watkins and the people of Immaculate Conception. We promise to work as one with them in bringing all people to the saving love of Jesus Christ, and being restored to the Holy Catholic Church.”

The Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated and preached at the September 7 Mass at St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception. (An ordinary is comparable to a diocesan bishop.)

Address: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1315 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001. For more information contact the St. Luke’s office at 202-999-9934. Or visit:



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