Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Seeking Essayists for Latin Mass and Youth Project

Phillip Campbell, author of the blog Unam Sanctam Catholicam, and of a lot of books, is putting together a book project about young people and their love for the traditional Latin Mass. We are glad to share his post about it, and encourage our readers to consider participating.

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“I am working on compiling a series of essays from young people on the subject of what the Latin Mass means to them, which will ultimately be published in book form. The goal of this book is to explore the question of why the traditional liturgy is so appealing to the youth.
I am therefore asking for your help to identify young people who would be interested in contributing essays to the project. This post contains all the information about the project for those who might be interested in participating or having their children participate. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please read on.
1. Who Can Participate?
Contributors should be:
    (a) Between the ages of 12 and 24
    (b) Regular or semi-regular attendees of the TLM
    (c) Willing and able to cogently write an essay on the subject of the Mass
Participants certainly do not need to be advanced writers, but they should at least be competent writers.
2. What Should Participants Write On?
The general subject of the essay is "What does the Traditional Latin Mass mean to me?" There are a variety of ways to answer the question. For example, participants may write about:
  • A narrative of how they discovered the TLM.
  • How the TLM has benefited their spiritual lives.
  • How the TLM has helped them enter into liturgical worship more fully.
  • What they learned about the Catholic faith through the TLM.
  • Any personal stories or anecdotes relating to love of the traditional Mass. ~ Anything relating to the place the traditional liturgy plays in their lives
Keep the tone of the essay positive, focused on the beauty, attraction, and transformative power of the traditional liturgy. The narrative should be personal, written in first person voice.
3. How Long Should the Essays Be?
Essays should be 2+ pages single spaced, or 4+ pages double spaced. A little shorter or a little longer is fine, but in general this is the average desired length.
4. When Should Essays Be Completed By?
I am hoping to have all the essays collected by the beginning of July.
5. How Should Essays Be Submitted?
Essays should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, Google Docs, or Open Office, and emailed to me at uscatholicam@gmail.com. Please do not send PDFs or scans of hand-written essays. I need something in an editable format.
6. Should I Forward This to Others? How Many Essays Do You Need?
I am hoping to collect at least 50 essays. Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think may be interested (although please be selective with whom you send this to; do not simply spam it to huge mailing lists—give some thought to specific individuals of interest and send it to them).
7. Will Essays Be Edited?
Essays will be edited for typos and basic grammar, but the specific narrative and voice of each participant will be preserved.
8. Will Participants Be Identified?
Only by first name, age, and general region (U.S. state, province, or country).
9. How Do Participants Sign Up?
Simply send an email to uscatholicam@gmail.com, let me know the name and age of who will be participating (whether yourself or one of your children) and I will put your name on the list. Please do not sign up unless you or your child are able to meet the criteria listed above, including the deadline. Please include first and last name of the participant and their location. This information will not be made public; it's just for me to keep track internally of who is submitting what.
10. When Will the Book Be Published?
Lord willing, by the end of the summer this year.

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