Society for Catholic Liturgy in LA, Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016

The Society for Catholic Liturgy is meeting this September 29 – October 1 at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles.

It is interesting that this society, which has become notably more conservative and traditionalist compared to when it was founded by M. Francis Mannionis meeting in this architecturally contemporary setting. The conference will include Mass in both the Ordinary Form (as reformed since the Second Vatican Council) and the Extraordinary Form (pre-Vatican II), and also in the Maronite rite.

It is also interesting, and a mark of demographic changes in the U.S., that Saturday features a Spanish-language track.

LA Cathedral

Keynote and plenary presentations will be given by:

  • Archbishop José Gomez,
  • Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan (Maronite Bishop of Los Angeles),
  • Sister Esther Mary Nickel, RSM (St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver).

Fr. Andre Menke will give an update of the liturgical activities of the USCCB.

Archbishop Gomez will speak on “Popular Piety, Liturgy, and the New Evangelization.” Bishop Elias Zaidan will speak on “The Liturgy and the Church Persecuted.”

Academic tracks are:

  • “Renewing Liturgical Catechesis: Toward the Cultivation of Desire for God” by James Pauley,
  • “‘The Eighth Day’: The Evangelizing Potential of Liturgical Time” by Michon Matthiesen,
  • “The Rites of Christian Initiation and the Baptized but Un-catechized” by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth,
  • “‘This is a Great Mystery’: Sacramental Families Formed by Cosmic Liturgy” by Veronica Arntz,
  • “The Church Shares Your Joy: Amoris Laetitia and the Order for Celebrating Matrimony” by Sr. Moira Debono, RSM,
  • “Re-interpreting the Poetry of Robert Southwell within the Context of New Evangelization” by Mike Nolan,
  • “Visions of Heaven on Earth: Mystagogy, the Santo, and Modernity” by Alphonso Lopez Pinto,
  • “The Role of Monasteries as Being (or Being Potentially) Centres of Liturgical Apostolate in the Life of the Local Diocesan Church” by Dom Benedict Andersen OSB,
  • “Symbolic Architectural Form” by Dino Marcantonio,
  • “Principle and Foundation of Beauty in the Missionary Liturgy: The Jesuit Reductions as Model and Ignatian spirituality as Guide” by Lisa Knutson.
  • “Between Luminous and Numinous: the Coincidence of Opposites and Its Role in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Catholic Sacred Architecture” by Steve Baker
  • “The Sacramental Ordo in Medieval Architecture as a Means for Evangelization in the Twenty-First Century” by Richard Nicholas
  • “There Are No Doors to Open if There Are No Walls: Maintaining Sacramental Discipline as a Prerequisite for Preaching the Gospel” by Richard Bulzacchelli

Pastoral tracks are:

  • “Preparing the Uncatechized for Confirmation and Eucharist” by Andrew Casad,
  • “The Canonical Coronation of Marian Images as a Liturgical Revival: a Philippine Perspective” by Paolo Miguel Cobangbang TO Carm,
  • “The Homily and the New Evangelization: Saint Augustine and Some Lessons for Today’s Preaching” by Fr. Daniel Cardó,
  • “Sanctifying the Bar: Liturgical Drinking and the New Evangelization” by Michael Foley,
  • “Sacred Beauty: Evangelizing through the Images of Our Faith” by Fr. Jamie Hottovy,
  • “In My Heart and on My Lips: Proclamation in the Mass as a Model for Evangelization” by Fr. Nick Schneider.

The three Spanish-track sessions, all presented by Fr. Daniel Cardó, are:

  • “Fuente y cima: La Liturgia y la Nueva Evangelización,”
  • “Explorando los Misterios de la Misa,”
  • “La Homilía y la Nueva Evangelización.”

New officers will be elected at the business meeting. Current officers of Dino Marantonia, president; Jennifer L. Donelson, vice-president/treasurer; and Christopher Carsens, secretary.

Current elected board members are Michael Foley, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Fr. Nick Schneider, Michon Matthieson, Anthony Lilles, Fr. Douglas Martis, Dario Spezzano, Fr. Paul Jerome Keller OP, Fr. Gerald Dennis Gill, James McCrery, and Fr. G. Pierre Ingram.

More information, including conference schedule and registration information, is here.



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