The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the largest organization of U.S. Catholic church musicians, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Msgr. Rick Hilgartner as its new president. Ann Ketzer, chairperson of the NPM Board of Directors, sent an email to the NPM membership this morning announcing the appointment.
As president and CEO of NPM, Hilgartner will work with the entire NPM staff, including the person in the newly configured position of Chief Operations Officer. Hilgartner will serve part-time in this new capacity, along with pastoral duties in a parish in his home diocese of Baltimore. He will begin at NPM on September 1
Msgr. Hilgartner, 44, has been director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship the past three years. Before that, he was associate director in the national liturgy office. In the Baltimore Archdiocese, Father Hilgartner has served in parish ministry and campus ministry, and has taught theology and homiletics. He has been a frequent presenter at annual conventions of NPM.
Msgr. Hilgartner is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at The Catholic University of America and holds a license in Sacred Theology (Sacramental and Liturgical Theology) from the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree (business and finance) from Mount St. Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a Master of Divinity degree and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.
Asked about his vision for NPM, Hilgartner said,
The Church in the United States continues to grow more diverse, not only in terms of culture and language but also in regard to models of Church and models of worship. The future of NPM will depend on its ability to serve the Church in these contexts and to form, encourage, and support the next generation of pastoral musicians in their commitment to serve the Church and the Liturgy.
NPM is holding its 37th national convention in St. Louis this coming July 13-18. “Proclaim Good News.” Over 2,000 are expected to be in attendance. Pray Tell will once again be broadcasting live from NPM.