Pray Tell Live Panel Monday Night

Next week, Saint John’s is sponsoring the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CCMLA). The conference runs from Monday afternoon to Thursday morning. Keynotes will be given by Rita Ferrone, Steven Warner, Chris de Silva, Alan Hommerding, and Johan van Parys.

This Monday night (9-9:30 PM CST), Pray Tell will host a live panel at CCMLA with Rita Ferrone, Alan Hommerding, and Michael Silhavy. Fr. Anthony Ruff will moderate. Tune in to the panel by going to the Pray Tell live page.





  1. OK, dear readers, if there is anything you are burning to ask us or would like to have us to discuss, speak up — now is the time! You see who will be there. Ask a question or propose a topic… let us know what you are thinking about, so we can put it in the hopper for Pray Tell Live.

  2. Dear Alan, Michael and Rita,

    Several years ago the GIA Quarterly featured reviews of the acoustical environments of church buildings, highlighting the features of those that “sing.” I don’t hear as much talk about such things any more. I don’t know if we’re carpeting more bedrooms than churches now or not, but I do know that there are plenty of acoustically inhospitable worship spaces around and being built, and resources like the Meeting House Essays volume on “Acoustics for Liturgy” has been out of print for a while now.

    Having served communities surrounded by “singing walls” (in which the voices of even the small and timid are made glorious) as well as those that weekly sing into a “pillow,” I have begun to suspect (and perhaps project) a growing polarization between the experience, expectation and value of liturgical celebration enacted on a natural “acoustical plane,” and experience, expectation and value of liturgical celebration dependent on electronic mediation of the aural environment. In the latter, I experience a disintegration of senses, where what I see, hear and feel (as in vibrations) don’t match. If I am not alone in this, I wonder what happens to our ability to perceive reality in the material world, and how this affects our interior senses and our ability to access the supernatural through the sacramental.

    I wonder if you will either validate my experience or talk me down from my anxiety about this. How might a community be led toward an appreciative experience of human-scale ritual relationships in which the natural senses are integrated and engaged, when such experience is limited and often precluded by the architectural environment in which it resides and worships?

    1. @Kevin Vogt – comment #2:

      This is an excellent question. We did not address it in the panel discussion because the whole time flew by and got spent on issues of ministering and liturgy in a changing church. Half an hour was a short space.

      I think it deserves a thread of its own, however, so stay tuned.

  3. Was the program aired last evening? I couldn’t find it. . .
    ho ho ho. . I must be age-challenged. . ho ho ho In lingua materna Latina …”super-adulta”. . . 😉
    ciao ~ Gerald

  4. Thanks for responding, Rita. I found the panel discussion very enlightening…and in some ways framed a larger context in which to consider the concern of the topic I submitted. Wish I could be at the conference!

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