Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fota III Liturgical Conference: Benedict XVI and Sacred Music

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is pleased to announce the provisional list of speakers for its third International Liturgy Conference which will be held from 10-12 July 2010. The subject of the Conference is Benedict XVI and Sacred Music. Further information and registration enquiries should be sent to

The Conference will be chaired by

Professor D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D., member of the Ratzinger Schulerkreis
Sursum corda: An Introduction to Ratzinger's Theology of Sacred Music.


1. Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos of the Unversity of Lampeter, Wales
Music in the Orthodox Liturgy

2. Fr. Sven Leo Conrad, of the Fraternity of St. Peter, Germany
Joseph Ratzinger and Johannes Overath: the intellectual connection

3. Don Alberto Donini, professor of Sacred Music at the seminary of Brescia, Italy
Gregorian Chant in the Liturgy according to the mind of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI

4. Thomas Lacôte of the Conservatoire de Paris, France
Liturgical texts, rites and symbols and contemporary musical creation: an example for the Feast of the Dedication of a Church

5. Uwe Michael Lang, consultor to the office of Pontifical Ceremonies, Rome
Defining Criteria for Sacred Music: from Benedict XIV to Benedict XVI

6. Frank Lawrence of the Department of Music, University College Dublin, Ireland
The Spirit of the Liturgy: Gregorian Chant as mystagogy and exegesis.

7. Kerry McCarthy of Duke University, USA
Listening to William Byrd

8. James McMillan, composer, Scotland
Spirit of the Liturgy: rejoice in tradition and embrace the future.

9. Ite O’Donovan, directress of the Lassus Scholars, Dublin, Ireland
Choral music in the celebration of the Liturgy, a musical heritage of inestimable value, a tradition to be fostered and protected....

10. Fr Stéphane Quessard of the diocese of Bourges, France
Towards a Renewal of Sacred Music

11. Alcuin Reid, author of the Organic Development of the Liturgy, London, UK
Ut mens concordet voci: Sacred Music and Actual Participation in the Liturgy

12. Rev. Samuel F. Weber, O.S.B, founder of the Institute of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Saint Louis, U.S.A.
Pope Benedict XVI on the Psalms in the Liturgy

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