Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Home Again
I'm back from the FDLC Region IX (Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri & Kansas) Spring meeting. Our region is hosting the national conference next Fall, so much meeting time was devoted to planning and the like. We had a Monday evening talk with Msgr, James Moroney, Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy. Last night we prayed evening prayer, had a reception, then a delightful "Musical Promenade" through Omaha's St Cecelia Cathedral, its three organs and one harpsichord. I was impressed with the efforts my colleagues have made in sacred music there. While not everybody's cup of tea, there's no denying their efforts are bearing substantial fruit in the musical and liturgical formation of the young. (Note their Treble Schola over to the right.) These people don't just sit at their home computers and complain about the need for quality in church music or start self-congratulatory moratoria societies, they roll up their sleeves and make it happen. In the trenches. Where church musicians should be. If I can find the links, I'll post more tomorrow and Friday about the instruments and other things I saw at the cathedral. Meanwhile, thanks to Neil for his nice posts the past few days. I have to confess it was refreshing to hash out liturgy in real life rather than in comboxes these past two days.

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