Plans are underway for the 18th annual liturgical musical institute, “Music Ministry Alive!” to be held July 26-31 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. We heard this week from founder and executive director David Haas, who told us that all of the application materials and other information for the institute are now available at www.musicministryalive.com.
The theme for this year’s institute is “With the Eyes of Mercy.”
Under the direction of Haas, the team this year includes Lori True, Fr. Ray East, Fr. Michael Joncas, Tony Alonso, Marty Haugen, Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP; Jaime Cortez, Bonnie Faber, Kate Cuddy, Stephen Petrunak, Lynn Trapp, Anna Betancourt, Tom Franzak, Joe Camacho, Zack Stachowski, Alissa Hetzner, Eileen Bird, George Miller, and many more talented pastoral musicians and leaders. MMA enjoys the endorsement and partnership of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, GIA Publications, OCP Publications, World Library Publications, The Liturgical Press, Liturgy Training Publications, The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry; The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet St. Paul Province; The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Province, the Marianist Brothers and Priests, and many other organizations.
All potential youth applicants (those entering 10th grade in the fall of 2016 up through those entering their junior year of college) and adult leaders (there is a separate adult track for them) should visit the site. Note that an early bird discount is available now through March 15, with a final application deadline of May 1.