“. . . the stranger at your gates”

Last week I attended  a conference at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. The conference, Liturgy in Migration: Cultural Contexts from the Upper Room to Cyberspace, was a great success and some wonderful papers were presented.

I wanted to share an upcoming conference that was announced by some of the faculty at the University of Erfurt. The conference will discuss “Liturgy and its contribution to the intergration of immigrants.”


  1. Timothy, I had seen the announcement for this conference but was unable to attend. Can you share some of the highlights, or what impressed you most? Interesting topic! Perhaps you could say who are the speakers whom we should be aware of, who are doing good work in this field?

    Thanks for the announcement from Erfurt.

  2. Thanks to both of you. Don’t want to distract from your thread but here are a couple of presentations on this same topic from a recent conference.

    Jake Empereur, SJ – Welcoming Table http://celebrationpublications.org/sites/default/files/conference_presentations/Empereur-Welcoming%20Table.pdf

    Rev. Daniel Groody, Notre Dame University – Theology in the Age of Migration – http://celebrationpublications.org/sites/default/files/conference_presentations/Groody-Theology%20in%20the%20Age%20of%20Migration.pdf

    1. Thanks for sharing these Bill. I heard about these two presentations, but hadn’t had an opporunity to read them.

  3. I’ve noticed that there has been a revival in many devotional practices long practiced by my own ethnic group due to increasing immigration from other countries where the liturgical establishment did not successfully suppress them. We are seeing, for example, votive shrines return to our parishes, outdoor processions with images of Our Lady and the saints and public rosaries before Mass. All these practices were familiar to the older generation of Americans in my area but were suppressed by the time of my own youth. It is ironic that what was erroneously suppressed in the name of the council is now returning in the name of diversity. Probably even more ironic is the way that this same reverence for legitimate diversity is sometimes opposed by the same people who used to advocate respect for diversity in other areas of public life.

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