Video of CCMLA panel: “Worship in a Changing Church”

Recently the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy, and the Arts took place at St. John’s Abbey and University. On Day 1 of the conference, Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB moderated a panel with Rita Ferrone, Alan Hommerding, and Michael Silhavy on worship in a changing church. Watch it here.


  1. It’s interesting that Rita’s comments beginning at 25:13 are very much in the same vain as Pope Benedict’s, writing in his book “Faith and the Future” where he talks about the Church getting smaller and starting over to grow again. “The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning…but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

  2. This is terrific!
    Thank you for providing access to the conference. I was affirmed, yet gained many insights, for my teaching in the field of Pastoral Studies.

  3. In typical introvert fashion, 2 days after this panel I recalled reading a Protestant theologian (Presbyterian, I believe, but whose name I can’t recall) writing about the decline in numbers being experience in mainline Protestant denominations. It was described as being, perhaps, a period of “humbling” – I found the rich resonance with the Philippians Canticle very potent, and perhaps applicable to what we’re experiencing in Roman Catholicism as well.
    (And thanks for wisely putting the arrow right over my face, it was a LONG drive in the rain that day!)

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