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Pray Tell Live

at NPM 2016


Monday, July 11, 2016

4 pm:
Convention Plenum, “One Song, Many Voices/Many Voices, One Song”
– Fr. Tony Ricard, pastor, revivalist and youth speaker
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7 pm:
Plenum Panel Discussion, “One Song, Many Voices/Many Songs, One Voice: Making it Work”
– Carmen Florez-Mansi, director of the office of worship at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
– John Flaherty, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
– Rev. Paul Turner, St. Anthony Parish, Kansas City, MO
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Tuesday, July 12

Convention Plenum, “Spirituality: Many Paths, One God”
– Dr. C. Vanessa White, spirituality minister, catechist
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1 pm:
Fr. Rick Hilgartner, NPM president – in interview
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1:45 pm:

1:45pm: C. Vanessa White, plenum speaker – in interview
– Follow-up on plenum, “Spirituality: Many Paths, One God
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3:45 pm:
Hispanic/Spanish Choir Ministry – panel
– Pablo Ocana, Houston, TX
– Estella García-López, OCP; Ascension Catholic Church, Portland, OR
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5 pm:
Composing for Liturgy – panel
– Paul Inwood and Rory Cooney,
leaders of NPM convention Composers’ Institute
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Wednesday, July 13

9:30 am:
Convention Plenum, “Holiness, Beauty, and Sacrament”
– Fr. Michael Joncas
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10:45 am: Hymnal Publishers – panel
– Michael Silhavy, GIA
– Alan Hommerding, WLP
– Monica Rada, OCP
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Thursday, July 14

9 am:
Convention Plenum, “Transformation through Mission/Transformación a través de la mission”
– Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Catholic Relief Services president and CEO
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10:30 am:
Tony Alonso – interview on active participation
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4 pm:
Organ and Liturgical Music in Hispanic Context – panel
– Crista Miller, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Houston, TX
– Rick Gibala, St. Thomas More Cathedral, Alexandria, VA
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Friday, July 15

9 am:
Convention Plenum, “May the Peoples Praise You, God; May All the Peoples Praise You” (Psalm 67) / „Oh Dios, que te alaben los pueblos, que todos los pueblos te alaben” (Salmo 66)
– Fr. Paul Turner
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Saturday, July 16

Convention Plenum, “The Challenges and Richness of a Diverse Church – That We May All Be One”
– Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
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All times are CST.

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Monday, July 6: NPM PLENUM
1:30–4:00 pm EDT
Opening Celebration and Plenum
“Progressing the Reform: Less Pomp, More Prayer”
Richard Fragomeni
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Tuesday, July 7: NPM PLENUM
9:30–10:30 am EDT
“Raising an Echo in the Christian Heart: Music that Names, Defines, and Unites our Human Experience”
Rufino Zaragoza, Pedro Rubalcava, Diana Macalintal, and Barbara Tracey
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11:15 am–12:00 noon EDT
With Church Music Publishers
 – David Anderson (GIA)
– Wade Wisler (OCP)
– Jerry Galipeau (WLP)
– Mark Lawson (Morningstar)
moderated by Anthony Ruff, OSB
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Wednesday, July 8: NPM PLENUM
9:00–10:00 am EDT
“Joy and Hope, Grief and Anguish: Singing, Then Sending”
Ron Raab
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11:00 am–12:00 noon EDT
With Representatives from Music Organizations
– Horst Buchholz (CMAA)
– Msgr. Rick Hilgartner (NPM)
– Preston Dibble (AGO)
– Sipkje Pesnichak (Hymn Society)
moderated by Anthony Ruff, OSB
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3:30–4:30 pm EDT
On English Chant
– J. Michael Thompson
– Audrey Seah
– Caleb Wenzel
– Horst Buchholz
– Timothy Dusenbury
moderated by Anthony Ruff, OSB
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Thursday, July 9: NPM PLENUM
10:45–11:45 am EDT
“Liturgy in the Context of Joy and Sorrow: Music as Pastoral Care”
John Witvliet
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12:30–1:30 pm EDT
With Leaders of Church Music Degree Programs
 – David Mathers (Catholic University)
– Ben Bates (Duquesne)
– Anthony Ruff (Saint John’s)
– Mark Doerries (Notre Dame)
– Steve Janco (Rensselaer)
moderated by John Witvliet
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Friday, July 10: NPM PLENUM
9:00–10:00 am EDT
“Inspiring Commitment to Participation in Liturgy and Life”
Kathleen Harmon
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1:30–3:30 pm CST

Good News for a Wounded People

Gathering and Convention Keynote Presentation by Jerry Galipeau
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10–10:30 pm CST

Where is Liturgical Music Going Today?

Opening Night Pray Tell Panel Discussion with Sr. Mary Frances Fleischaker, OP, Jennifer Breedlove-Budziak, Jerry Galipeau, and Paul Westermeyer. Moderated by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB.
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9–10 am CST

Claim Your Art, Proclaim Good News

Convention Plenum by Paul Westermeyer
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12:30–1 pm CST

Pope Francis and the Church

Pray Tell Panel Discussion with Paul Inwood, Kathleen Harmon, and Rory Cooney. Moderated by Nathan Chase.
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9–10 am CST

Embracing Good News: The Call to Conversion

Convention Plenum by Ann Garrido
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10:45–11:45 am CST

Vatican II and the Church as Bearer of Good News

Convention Plenum by Honora Werner, OP
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12–12:30 pm CST

Liturgy and Creativity: Uniformity, Diversity, Inculturation?

Pray Tell Panel Discussion with Eliot Kapitan, Stephen Petrunak, Kate Cuddy and Nathan Chase. Moderated by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB.
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11:15 am –12:30 pm CST

Go and Proclaim the Gospel of the Lord

Convention Plenum by Msgr. Ray East
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Live from the Collegeville Conference on Liturgy, Music and the Arts
In front of a live studio audience, Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, hosted a special roundtable with Rita Ferrone, Alan Hommerding, and Michael Silhavy as part of the Collegeville Conference on Liturgy, Music and the Arts.

The broadcast took place at 9–9:30 PM CST, Monday, June 16, 2014.

See more about the Collegeville Conference on Liturgy, Music and the Arts here.

As part of a five part series on “Vatican II and Ecumenism,” Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary and the Godfrey Diekmann, OSB Center for Patristics and Liturgical Studies hosted Dr. Massimo Faggioli on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the liturgy constitution of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium,.

The full schedule of the day is here.

There was a live web broadcast of Massimo Faggioli’s lecture, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Ecumenical Dialogue, and Engagement with the World.”


MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
1:30–3:30 pm ET
Gathering and Convention Keynote Presentation by Rita Ferrone
“The Call to Participation”

The increased participation of the assembly and the increase in the number and variety of liturgical ministers are two of the gifts of Sacrosanctum Concilium. While we have done very well with exterior participation, we have not always been as conscious of interior participation. The exterior needs to come from something deeper, something within. There has been much discussion, in the past fifty years, about what “participatio actuosa” means in Sacrosanctum Concilium. What, then, is the nature of full, conscious, and active participation? How do we do mystagogy in ways that engage in a mindful manner the mysteries we celebrate?

10:00–10:30 pm ET
Opening Night Pray Tell Roundtable Discussion with Anthony Ruff, OSB and Sr. Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, Joe Balistreri, Fr. Peter Funk OSB, and Pedro Rubalcava.
“The State of the Question: Where Is Catholic Worship Music Going?”

Looking ahead to another national NPM convention, and looking ahead to the future of Catholic liturgical music: where is it all going? What are the emerging trends, the new controversies, the signs of hopeful new directions? Who are the main players, and what are the main forces at work in the Church and in the culture?

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
5:30–6:00 pm ET
Pray Tell Roundtable Discussion with Rita Ferrone, John Baldovin, SJ, Karen Kane, and Rufino Zaragoza, OFM
“Vatican II: Dead or Alive?”

Fifty years ago can seem like ancient history. Gone. Done. Finished. Yet the reforms of Vatican II are still very much with us, and continue to press us forward. This panel will discuss the questions: Is Vatican II dead? And if it’s alive, where and how is it alive? In the era of Pope Francis, what next steps might be on the horizon for the implementation of the Council?

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1:00–1:30 pm ET
Pray Tell Roundtable Discussion with Anthony Ruff, OSB and Rachelle Kramer, Fr. Bob Webster, and Paul Inwood
“New Pope, New Church?”

Pope Francis—or is it Francis, Bishop of Rome?—is a media sensation with off-the-charts positive poll ratings. Everyone is talking about the marked change in style in Rome, with simplified ceremonial and vesture within and outside the liturgy. From Holy Thursday in prison to Lampedusa, liturgy is being linked strongly with social issues. What does it all mean? Can any tentative conclusions be drawn yet about Francis’ priorities? Are the expectations for change overdrawn in some quarters? What’s in store for liturgical renewal going forward? Tune in for a bit of crystal-ball gazing.

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1:45–2:45 pm ET
Convention Plenum by Ricky Manalo, CSP
“Interculturating Inculturation: Examining the Past, Glimpsing the Future”

Since the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the relationship between liturgy and culture has continued the dialectical dance between five inter-related arenas: the socio-cultural context, the academic-theological level, the pastoral context, the production of cultural products and resources, and the official level. This plenum offers a review of where we have been and then proposes five “signs of the times” in order to derive a glimpse of the future.



10:45–11:45 am ET
Convention Plenum by Paul Turner
“Heritage and Renewal”

Even as it launched sweeping reforms, the Second Vatican Council strongly affirmed the Church’s liturgical traditions and musical treasury. How are continuity and reform related to one another in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and, more importantly, in the continuing liturgical renewal of the Church?


12:45–1:15 pm ET
Pray Tell Roundtable Discussion with Rita Ferrone, Tony Alonso, Rob Glover and Paul Turner
“I’ve Got the Music in Me”

In a culture saturated with recorded music, we face great challenges in creating live music and congregational song today. What are we cherishing as we cherish musical participation in the liturgy? How do you stimulate musical participation? What works?

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  1. This is a great service to people who cannot attend our annual convention or who wonder what this “NPM” thing is all about anyway. Thanks to all involved in offering this service.

  2. Yes, thank you for this service.
    My husband is a pastoral musician and has attended conventions for many years (not able to go this year). However, I think it is important for people to realize that NPM serves far more than the musician. It is rich in liturgical education. I am proud to say I was a co-presenter of a workshop, in 1998 I think. We did something on liturgy with children – which was very well received.

  3. Thanks, Donna!

    It was fun to do, and I think the fact that we have the videos archived will mean that more people can now sample what was a very rich experience at the convention.

    We didn’t tap into the skill-building workshops (of which there were many) but more or less stayed with Pray Tell’s basic interest in lively exchange of ideas about liturgy — through the plenums and roundtable discussions. Stay tuned, however, for some “spot interviews” that I did on August 1: one-on-one 5 minute interviews with artists, composers, clinicians, and vendors who I thought had something fun or interesting to share. These will be posted over the coming week or two, whenever the tech people get them properly formatted.

    The Council was such an important event in modern history. I am grateful that NPM took the opportunity of the anniversary to dip into it and open it up afresh for people. Hurrah for NPM!

  4. A big “thank you” to all who made these sharings possible! They have been informative and interesting. I have followed NPM since it began with Fr. Funk and Sr. Jane Marie Perrot, DC (Muzart magazine)
    and the info is invaluable in the growth and formation of real “pastoral ” musicians! Because I’m unable to travel as before (old age) I certainly appreciate keeping up via technology!

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