Fr. Paul Gunter, OSB, has been appointed Secretary of the Department for Christian Life and Worship of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. In effect, this means he is director of the national liturgy office.
Fr. Paul was born in 1966. He has been a monk of Douai Abbey since 1985 and was ordained priest in 1991. Over ten years of parish ministry followed. In 2002 he was sent to Rome to pursue further studies in liturgy. He gained a Licence in 2004 and a Doctorate in 2006 from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy attached to Sant’ Anselmo, where he has also been organist since 2005. After defending his doctoral thesis, “Edmund Bishop and the Genius of the Roman Rite,” in June 2006, he joined the faculty of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy where he teaches. In 2008, he was named a consulter to the Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff and in 2010 to the Commission entrusted with the readmission of the 1962 (pre-Vatican II) Missal under the jurisdiction of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. He has written about the liturgy, e.g. for Zenit, and for a time he was on the editorial board of the joural Usus Antiquior, which is interested especially in the traditional liturgy before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.