Monday, April 30, 2012

Pastor of Liturgically Famed St. Agnes Church Appointed Rector of Cathedral of St. Paul

An interesting bit of news was published on the website of the parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN recently. Namely, the present pastor of that well known and liturgically accomplished church, Fr. John Ubel, has been named the rector of that diocese's cathedral -- effective this July 1st.

While I do not know Fr. Ubel in any direct fashion, from all that I know of St. Agnes and can read of Fr. Ubel's liturgical work there (including the introduction of the usus antiquior in 2008), he is a very traditional in his liturgical inclinations. That, taken in combination with the importance -- both actually and symbolically -- of the position of the rector of diocesan, certainly makes this both a noteworthy and intriguing appointment.

Here is Fr. Ubel's letter to his congregation at St. Agnes: