Christopher Carstens, editor of Adoremus Bulletin, has been appointed a consultant to the Committee on Divine Worship (CDW) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The announcement of his appointment came at the conclusion of the USCCB’s November 2019 plenary meeting in Baltimore, MD.
According to the December 2019 issue of the committee’s Newsletter, the newly appointed chairman of the CDW, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, CT, appointed Carstens, who is also director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, and an adjunct faculty member at the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, IL.
At that time, Archbishop Blair also appointed three other consultants, including Father Ryan T. Ruiz, professor of liturgy at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology in Cincinnati, OH; Sister Marilú Covani, SP, vice president of the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia and former director of worship of the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA; and Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, associate professor and director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. These consultants will join four other consultants currently serving as advisors to the CDW.
Archbishop Blair also appointed five new members to the CDW, including Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City; Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver; Bishop John T. Folda of Fargo, ND; Auxiliary Bishop Timothy C. Senior of Philadelphia; and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel H. Mueggenborg of Seattle. These new members will join three continuing members, Bishop Joseph M. Siegel of Evansville, IN; Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, VT; and Bishop Daniel E. Garcia of Monterey, CA, who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Divine Worship in Spanish.