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Catholic Educators to Attend Rome Conference on Sacred Liturgy

Catholic educators attending a summer Rome conference on sacred liturgy will help bring liturgical renewal to America’s Catholic college campuses, The Cardinal Newman Society announced today.

ConferenceAs a co-sponsor of Sacra Liturgia 2013, an international conference on the sacred liturgy to be held in Rome on June 25-28, the Society is promoting the conference to Catholic schools and colleges in the United States and will provide scholarships for the registration expenses of a number of Catholic campus scholars and chaplains, especially those from the faithful institutions recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Sacra Liturgia 2013, organized by Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, France, is open to anyone wanting to deepen their appreciation of the liturgy in connection with the New Evangelization and to study, promote and renew the appreciation of liturgical formation and celebration as a foundation for the mission of the Church.

“We are very excited to be a part of Sacra Liturgia 2013,” said Patrick Reilly,President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “I encourage Cardinal Newman Society members and especially anyone involved in Catholic education—including teachers, principals, professors, campus ministers, and chaplains—to attend this important conference.”

“Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly sounded the theme of renewal during his pontificate—renewal of the liturgy, and renewal of education. In 2008 he asked American educators to consider whether the Catholic identity of their schools and colleges is ‘given fervent expression liturgically, sacramentally, through prayer…?’ He noted that only ‘in this way do we really bear witness to the meaning of who we are and what we uphold.’”

American speakers at the conference include the Vatican’s Cardinal Raymond Burke, who serves as Ecclesiastical Advisor for The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education; Archbishop Alexander Sample, Archbishop-designateof Portland; Abbot Michael John Zielinski, OSB, Oliv., a bureau chief of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; and Jeffrey Tucker, editor of the journal Sacred Music and the popular blog Chant Café.

Other speakers include Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Congregation’s former Secretary, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith; Msgr. Guido Marini, Pope Benedict XVI’s Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations; Father Uwe Michal Lang,Cong. Orat.; and Dom Alcuin Reid, author of The Organic Development of the Liturgy.

Dom Reid is one of the organizers of the conference and worked with Cardinal Newman Society Executive Vice President Tom Mead to find ways in which the Society could help with the conference.

“We are profoundly grateful to The Cardinal Newman Society for its sponsorship of the conference which underlines the integral connection between authentic liturgical renewal and faithful Catholic education. The two are inseparable,” said Reid.

“So many of the colleges that The Cardinal Newman Society recommends to Catholic families in The Newman Guide are living and leading the new liturgical renewal that Pope Benedict encouraged, so it is only natural for us to help foster awareness of the conference,” said Mead.

The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education will be working directly with Newman Guide colleges and universities and other Catholic institutions to encourage their presidents, chaplains and faculty to attend the conference. In addition to offering a limited number of registration scholarships to help offset the cost of attendance, the Society will work with them beyond the conference on further integrating liturgical renewal with Catholic campus life.

Among the topics to be addressed at the conference are: Sacred Liturgy and the Defense of Human Life, Sacred Liturgy and Christian Unity, the Usus Antiquior [Extraordinary Form] and the New Evangelization, Liturgical Music and the New Evangelization, and Sacred Liturgy as the Heart of the Life and Mission of the Family.

The conference will open with solemn vespers and conclude with solemn first Vespers of Saints Peter and Paul, Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Te Deum and Benediction.

Two solemn celebrations of the Mass will be offered, one in the Ordinary Form and one in the Extraordinary Form. Participants also plan to attend Mass with the new Holy Father in St.Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

More information on the conference, including registration instructions, are available on the conference website at SacraLiturgia2013.com.

View the official poster for the conference here.

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