Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Encountering the Mystery: Fr. Ed Foley's New Series with WLP

Tuesday greetings to all from the Midwest. Special thoughts and prayers to family and friends in New England during this brutally snowy winter.

For the past several months, we at WLP have been working with our good friend, Fr. Ed Foley, Capuchin, who is Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU). A prolific author, lecturer, national speaker, and gifted preacher, Ed worked with us about a decade ago on the popular "Eucharist as Mystagogy" project, a series of CD's inviting people into a deeper understanding and experience of the movement of the Mass.

In a few weeks we will be releasing Ed's newest project with WLP, Encountering the Mystery: An Overview of Eucharistic Theology

This is a four-DVD set, with twelve thirty-minute lectures that provide scriptural, historical, and theological overview of the development of the Eucharist. I was able to be present this past summer at some of the taping sessions of the series and found it to be captivating. Ed Foley was my faculty advisor at CTU when I earned my doctorate there in the 1990's. I attended Mass at Old Saint Patrick's Church in my neighborhood in Chicago this past Sunday and Ed's preaching was superb; challenging, humorous, and comforting all at the same time.

Here is a trailer for the series:

If you are looking for a series for adult education in your parish, this is the series for you. When I think of those who have gone through the process of Christian initiation, I think this would be a great series when they have, after their initiation, been living the Catholic way of life and celebrating the Eucharist each week for some time. For small groups that meet regularly in the parish, this series, or even portions of this series, will help awaken these folks to the history of the Mass. This is not a dry series of lectures; Ed Foley's style helps bring the theology alive. There are ear-opening and eye-opening moments throughout, just a delight for today's Catholic who is serious about learning more about the Eucharist, which we treasure so deeply.

Our mission here at WLP, of course, is to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church. I am sure that anyone who experiences Ed's lectures will grow in their understanding and love for the Eucharist, which is at the heart of our prayer.

Thanks for listening to this commercial today; this is a series that is well worth your consideration!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Cathy Rusin said...

It looks like an excellent resource; I'm looking forward to its publication! -Cathy

John Halloran said...

Here's an additional thought: NPM Chapters might want to use this as an opportunity to gather and study together!

Anonymous said...

If you attend the Liturgy at Old St. Pats in Chicago, you will see it's the bare minimum. No Introit, no Confiteor, the Psalm is determined not by the liturgy but by the musicians. The Canon Euch Prayer 1 is never used. There are no Euch prayers to follow in the missals, they aren't included. The mass is horizontally organized, lay people running all over the altar. Nobody prays before or after mass, it's like a social hour. People read the bulletin instead of prayers. The music doesn't complement the mass, it's a "show" unto itself. Nobody kneels. There is so much of the actual liturgy that's missing or chopped out of the mass, it's problematic that someone like Fr. Foley who would preside at such truncated masses would be considered and advocate or expert at the Liturgy.