Monday, May 19, 2008

Liturgy Conference Season begins

I have only recently noticed that the Society for Catholic Liturgy has announced their next conference will take place at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska from January 29-Feb. 1st, 2009. The topic is "Missale Romanum".

While we are on the topic of conferences, we are now entering the season of liturgical conferences -- summer and autumn seem to be the predominant time for these events.

These events are good to attend, not only for the evident reasons of the benefit to be found in the papers and liturgies (the first and most primary aspects to these events of course), but also for their ability to introduce like-minded individuals.

(Two images from the excellent CIEL conference in Merton College, Oxford in the Autumn of 2006. It was an excellent conference that excelled in all aspects. The first image shows some of the fraternizing the occurs outside of the official aspects of a conference event.)

This networking is helpful to the cause of re-enchanting the sacred liturgy, for more often than not, it can result in additional initiatives or mutual cooperation that otherwise may have not happened, or at least have taken far longer to accomplish in different circumstances. It also provides a venue to further discuss the themes of the papers and the liturgy itself.

I try to attend at least one or two liturgy conferences per year -- and, conference organizers, I am always happy to attend or participate in more if arrangements can be made.

A reminder that the NLM has upcoming conferences located in its "Forthcoming Events" section of the sidebar. On that topic, a quick review of what is coming up event wise in the coming months:

Michigan, June 2008:

At the Lamb’s High Feast: Sacred Music, Aesthetics, and Liturgy
Date: June 7, 2008
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan (St. Mary's Church)

Speakers are Jeffrey Tucker, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and Fr. David Grondz.

Organized by the Church Music Association of America.

England, July 2008:

"Worship as a Revelation" Book Launch, Seminar and Reception
Date: July 1, 2008
Location: London Oratory, London, England.

Speakers: Fr. Aidan Nichols, Dr. Alcuin Reid, Bishop Basil of Amphipolis and Margaret Barker. The author, Dr. Laurence Hemming, will also be present of course.

Organized by the Society of St. Catherine of Siena.
To attend, you must Email the society.

Ireland, July 2008:

Benedict XVI and The Sacred Liturgy
Date: July 12, 2008
Location: Fota Island, Ireland

Speakers include Dr. Alcuin Reid, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Fr. Neil J. Roy and others.

Organized by the St. Colman's Society for Catholic Liturgy
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England, July 2008:

Training Conference for Priests Wishing to Learn the Traditional Latin Rite
Date: July 28 - August 1, 2008
Location: Merton College, Oxford

While this is a training conference, I am noting this one because it also includes a strong component of lectures, similar to what might be present at a liturgy conference.

Organized by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
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Hungary, August 2008:

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy
Date: August 21-24, 2008
Location: Budapest, Hungary

Speakers include Fr. Robert Skeris, Fr. Thomas Kocik, Dr. Alcuin Reid, Dr. Laurence Hemming. Dr. Lauren Pristas, Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, Prof. Laszlo Dobszay and many others, including myself.

Organized by the St Augustine Liturgical Atelier
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Illinois, September 2008:

"The Bible and the Liturgy"
Date: September 19-20, 2008
Location: Mundelein, IL.

Speakers include Fr. Douglas Martis, David Fagerberg, Dr. Denis McNamara, Fr. Robert Barron, Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavins.

Organized by the Liturgical Institute.
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