Music Ministry Alive is a 5-day summer liturgical music institute for high school and college age youth (and adults as well!), celebrating its 14th year. Held each summer at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and under the direction of David Haas, the theme this summer is “Breathe Your Spirit Unto Us,” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Our special guest this summer is Bishop Remi DeRoo, retired Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia. Bishop DeRoo is one of the very few surviving Bishops who attended the council, let alone those who were in attendance at all four sessions. In addition to Bishop DeRoo, our team this summer includes Fr. Ray East, Lori True, Kate Cuddy, Marty Haugen, Fr. Michael Joncas, Bobby Fisher, Fr. Fran O’Brien, Fr. Mike Byron, Bonnie Faber, Lynn Trapp, Tim Westerhaus, Lynne’ Gray, Dr. Art Zannoni, Matt Reichert, Leisa Anslinger, Joe Camacho, and many, many more experts in liturgical music, liturgy, and youth ministry.
MMA is endorsed and co-sponsored by The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry, The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Catherine University, The National Association of Pastoral Musicians, GIA Publications, The Liturgical Press, OCP Publications, and World Library Publications.
Each summer MMA brings together 150 plus passionate young liturgical musicians, and 50 plus adult leaders, and over the years has brought participants not only from all over the United States, but also Canada, Africa, Ireland, Germany, Australia and Peru. Since its inception, the program has touched the lives of nearly 3000 young people and 600 adult leaders.
The program has six areas of focus: musical excellence, liturgical awareness and education, community life, prayer and spirituality, leadership development, and a commitment to discipleship and social justice.
A special feature for adult participants this summer will be the “Remi DeRoo Lectures,” with five presentations dealing with the four Constitutions promulgated at the council (The Sacred Liturgy, The Church, Divine Revelation, The Church in the Modern World), and the implications for liturgical music and the young church. The presenters (with reaction and commentary from Bishop DeRoo) are: Fr. Michael Joncas (Liturgy), Fr. Michael Byron (The Church, and The Church in the Modern World), Dr. Art Zannoni (Divine Revelation), and the presentation on the implications for liturgical music and young people will be presented by David Haas.
Participants conclude the week by presenting a festival concert, the annual “Music Ministry Alive Festival Sing!”, which this year will held on Saturday evening, August 4, at the beautiful O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine’s at 7:30 p.m. (tickets at the door), and the concluding Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, August 5, with Fr. Ray East as presider and homilist.
Check out MMA’s website for more complete information and for applications for both youth and adult participants. Help us spread the word, especially to those young people whom you know who show a passion not only for liturgical music, but for their faith and vocation.