A codicil to Simply Fred

Thanks to the notice in Pray Tell, I ordered and received my copy of Simply Fred: A Tribute to Frederick R. McManus. Wonderful!

It was the measure of the man that he volunteered and prepared for me a twelve-page canonical memorandum to the US Bishops Committee on the Liturgy so that I could get permission to print By Flowing Waters: Chant for the Liturgy. And he wrote the Foreword (which perhaps should be included as the last item in his bibliography?).

UPDATE: I just finished the book (the first time in months I read a book in one day). Favorite parts: Kathleen Hughes’s remembrance, Fred’s tribute to Mary Perkins Ryan, and Fred’s last public words about his own legacy.


  1. Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of our own dear Professor Xavier Rindfleisch who kindly sent it to me, I have been devouring Simply Fred: A Tribute to Frederick R. McManus for the last few days. I have not been able to read it through in one go, not because it’s not good, but because so much of it is devastating.

    Whatever your “position,” if you’re at all interested in what’s happened in liturgy in the last 60 years, do yourself a big favour: get it and read it.

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