The Liturgical Institute at Mundelein is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I’m here for the festivities because I was a founding faculty member. I was even involved, however modestly, in a bit of the plotting with Msgr. M. Francis Mannion to get the Institute off the ground. Now the Institute is ably led, after some ups and downs, by Fr. Douglas Martis. Back in Fall 2001, I was flying to Chicago every Friday to teach the liturgical music course. It’s most interesting to be back.
The Institute has grown and come into its own. Lots of students – and lots of Roman collars and habits. One gathers that this is the place Bishops trust, and it is here that they send their young priests to prepare for work in the diocesan office. Supporters say that the Institute’s “by the book” and “by the catechism” philosophy is just what the Church needs. Detractors raise questions, fairly or unfairly, about the quality and level of critical thinking.
Tonight at the banquet, Institute alum Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup NM will be honored. The Spiritus liturgiae award will also be given out. (I think that means “Holy Spirit of the Liturgy” – I’m waiting for the Church to reveal new and improved ways of translating Latin accurately.) Msgr. James Moroney is the recipient of the award. Msgr. Moroney – is there anything you’d like me to ask him?