Bernadette Gasslein new interim editor of “Worship”

St John’s Abbey issued the following press-release on June 11, 2013:

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (June 2013)—Following the recent death of Fr. R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB on April 27, 2013, Saint John’s Abbey is pleased to announce that Bernadette Gasslein has been named interim editor of Worship magazine.

Bernadette brings with her twenty-one years of experience as editor of Celebrate!, Canada’s award-winning pastoral liturgy magazine. She earned an S.T.L. in theology with specialization in pastoral catechetics from l’Institut Catholique de Paris. Her mémoire analyzed 270 Marian hymns published in Canada in English and French between 1970 and 1975; her research was published in the December 1978 issue of Le Supplément. She has written a number of hymn texts, including “In the Darkness Shines the Splendour” and the prize-winning “O First-Born Daughter.”

Bernadette conceived and developed the fifteen-volume Preparing the Liturgy series copublished by Novalis and Liturgical Press in the late 1990s. In 2009, she and Nancy Reeves published Gifts of the Eucharist (Ave Maria Press). Bernadette’s latest books are The Mass Step-by-Step (Novalis, 2011) and Living with the Prayers of the Mass (Novalis, 2013). Bernadette has also translated Joseph Gelineau’s Les chants de la messe dans leur enracinement rituel in Liturgical Assembly, Liturgical Song (Pastoral Press, 2002) and several books by Canadian priest-psychologist John Monbourquette.

Bernadette’s articles have appeared in the National Bulletin on Liturgy, Pastoral Music, and Envision Church. She currently contributes a monthly column to the Prairie Messenger and is a regular contributor to Give Us This Day. She served for two terms on the National Council for Liturgy and for four years was a project specialist in the National Office of Religious Education of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bernadette is well known as an engaging presenter and facilitator who has led workshops across Canada, and she continues to be involved in music ministry in her parish in Edmonton, Alberta. She was accepted as a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy in 2010.

It is good to know that the journal will be in such capable hands.

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  1. Congratulations to Bernadette and to Liturgical Press! All of us who value Worship magazine’s contribution to scholarly and pastoral reflection on the liturgy have rejoiced in the remarkable leadership Fr. Seasoltz brought to the journal for so many years. I personally am delighted that someone with such skills as Bernadette in both theoretical and practical areas has agreed to serve as principal editor for Worship, guaranteeing its relevance and growth in the years ahead. I will keep her editorship and the on-going work of the magazine in my prayers.

  2. Wonderful news! I am so glad that Bernadette will get to keep her editor hat on after the closing of Celebrate.

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