RIP John Gurrieri

Pray Tell has learned that the Rev. John Gurrieri, priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, died on September 10th. After graduate studies at Institute Catholique in Paris, he was associate and then executive director of the US Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, 1978-1988. In 1989, he accepted an invitation from Cardinal Roger Mahony to establish a liturgical studies program at Mount St. Mary’s College of Los Angeles, while also teaching liturgy at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, Calif., until 1993. He served on the International Conference on English in the Liturgy from 1984 to 1992.

Rev. Gurrieri was 75 and celebrated his 50th anniversary on 27 May.

The funeral Mass is this coming Thursday morning, September 14th.

RIP

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  1. John was a good man who was intensely frustrated with (among other things) the way that ICEL’s work was hobbled from the late 1990s onward. Now he is free from all that! May he rest in peace.

  2. John was an inspiring teacher. He showed me that I also have a vocation to ministry and always treated all of his students with the greatest respect. I am so blessed to have encountered him and will always think of him with the deepest fondness.

  3. He was a lovely and very funny person to work with in the archdiocese of Los Angeles – so many frustrating moments that could only (or, at least, best) be met with humour – otherwise we would have lost our minds. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

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