Aleteia (Greek for “truth”) reports on the work of Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco to defend marriage and family, strengthen seminary formation (the NCR recently reported on his firing of a seminary rector), and renew the sacred liturgy.
Under the headline “Restoring the Liturgy,” the website reports:
… The Archbishop wants better liturgies, and a liturgical institute based at the seminary will help form laity and clergy “in the ars celebrandi and proper understanding of Church music,” said Father [Joseph] Fessio.
“There will be workshops on reciting liturgies and chanting,” said Father Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco. “I just sense that the liturgy is important for him, creating a culture of prayer and worship. Maybe he believes that through that effort of creating a culture of prayer, they change the structure of everything else in their lives of the faithful in the Archdiocese.”
Benedictine Father Samuel Weber, a visiting faculty member teaching sacramental theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary, is assisting in setting up the institute. St. Patrick’s [seminary provost Melanie] Morey called him “one of the world’s experts in Gregorian chant.”
“For me personally, this is coming at the right time,” said Father Reyes. The new Roman Missal translation had been met with resistance by a Catholic population that had become accustomed to the old one, he said. A focus on liturgical renewal in San Francisco is “kind of a continuation” of that. …
Will it make a difference? Check back next year. In the meantime, serious Catholics in California can only be heartened by the momentum engendered by the new generation of leaders.
“In a very short period, all this wonderful infusion of energy came into California,” said [Delores] Meehan [of Walk for Life]. “It’s very exciting for us: We see everything collapsing around us, and the Church is emerging.”
Fr. Samuel Weber was founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Music for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which was established in 2008 at the direction of then-archbishop (now Cardinal) Raymond Burke.