First of all, let me share with you that this has been an extraordinary experience. There are close to thirty musicians here for this Liturgical Music Institute. And fully a third of them are in their twenties; some fresh out of music school, others still in school, and others in their first years as parish pastoral musicians. How refreshing and wonderful to have a group so diverse in age and experience. You can learn more about the institute here. And here is a list of the faculty. If you are looking for an intensive week of learning, making music, honing musical skills, being formed spiritually, and spending time with an amazing group of people, you should really consider attending the institute next year.
This is a beautiful place.
On Sunday evening, we celebrated Night Prayer in the bishops' chapel. Just a snippet of the Salve Regina:
WLP helps sponsor the institute, which is under the leadership of director Christopher Ferraro and assistant director Susan Hugelmeyer. These two are true leaders and ministers of hospitality. Their organizational skills and dedication to ministry have resulted in a wonderful few days thus far. I have been privileged to be a kind of "spiritual director" for the participants. I have lead spirituality sessions focused on sacramental theology and liturgical spirituality. Today I presented a plenum session on "Music and the RCIA."
We gather to sing morning and evening prayer and celebrate Mass in the beautiful main chapel each day. We have been using the St. Meinrad tones for chanting the psalms and it has been glorious. Frankly these few days have been, as they say, "just what the doctor ordered" for me.
Today at Mass, we sang the musical setting of the Mass by WLP's own Kathleen Demny; her Mass of Joy. It was accompanied with pipe organ and a truly gifted organist from Australia brought it to spectacular new heights. I recorded the Holy Holy Holy as it was sung at Mass today:
I am so glad I said "yes" to being part of this spiritual and musical institute. Please, please consider spending a week here next summer. I will share the details about the Liturgical Music Institute 2015 as they become available.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.