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Part 1 Introduction

Chapter d15 People in Liturgy

1. Apostolic [0-399]

2. Patristic [400-799]

3. Early Medieval [800-1199]

4. Medieval [1200-1299]

5. Late Medieval [1300-1499]

6. Reformation [1500-1699]

7. After Trent [1700-1899]

8. Before Vatican II [1900-1959]

9. Vatican II [1960-1975]

10. After Vatican II [1975-2050]

Ferdinando Antonelli
Robert Taft
Pierre Jounel
Pere Gy
Fred McManus
Regis Duffy
Aidan Kavanagh
Tom Talley

On this page I list a few people who are important for my courses or who have influenced me personally.  For a much more complete and professional listing with biographies see

1. Apostolic [0-399]

Egeria    Egeria, also known as Aetheria, (or Etheria) is the name of a Spanish or Gallic woman who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem about 381-384.   Wrote a diary -- Peregrinatio -- which gives us information about early liturgy.

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  2. Patristic [400-799]


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3. Early Medieval [800-1199]


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  4. Medieval [1200-1299]

Duns Scotus (1265-1308) An inventive thinker who continued the Franciscan tradition that began in Paris in the late 1230s with Alexander of Hales and built upon the thought of Bonaventure. His influence has continued into modern times. After an eclipse of sorts as a consequence of the prominence of Neothomism in the Church, Scotus has slowly won again the great respect of thinkers, philosophical and theological, that he enjoyed in previous centuries.

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5. Late Medieval [1300-1499]

Paschasius Radbertus (1350) - Liber de corpore et sanguine Domini - Paschasius composed the first extant systematic treatise on the Eucharist for young monks.  This work concentrates on the relation off the sacramental body of Christ to the historical body of Christ.  Paschasius is concerned with defending the unity of figure and thing (figura et res)

Ratramnus of Corbie (1350) - Liber de corpore et sanguine Domini

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6. Reformation [1500-1699]


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7. After Trent [1700-1899]


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8. Before Vatican II [1900-1959]

A more accurate and professional list of "liturgical pioneers" than the one I have posted here during periods 8, 9, and 10 has been kept by  Gary Feldhege, Collegeville MN, and can be found at

Fr. Odo Casel O.S.B.   (1886-1948)   Monk of Maria Laach.  His key text:  The Mystery of Christian Worship.  My doctor father and mentor Pierre-Marie Gy,O.P. said that Odo Casel was perhaps the major thinker behind the sacramental theology of the 20th century.

Fr. Burkhard Neunheuser O.S.B (1904-2004)   Please remember in your prayers Fr. Burkhard Neunheuser O.S.B., monk of Maria Laach, Germany, and former member of the community of Sant'Anselmo and professor of our Athenaeum who died on 29 Nov during his 100th year of life. 

Virgil Michael, OSB (+1938) St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Estelle Hackett, OP (+1948) Dominican Sisters, Grand Rapids, MI

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9. Vatican II [1960-1975]

Michael A. Mathis, CSC (+1960) University of Notre Dame

Leonard Doyle (+1970)
  Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN

Tom Carroll  (?-1971)  President of the Liturgical Conference in the forties and active in the movement and in various social justice causes till his death.

Bob McGill (+1973)  Diocese of Fort Worth, TX

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10. After Vatican II [1975-2050]

Martin B. Hellriegel, P.A. (+1981) Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Ernst Langenhorst (+1983)  Diocese of Fort Worth, TX

Urban Gertken OSB (+1987)  St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph MN

Jane Marie Murray, OP (+1987) Dominican Sisters, Grand Rapids, MI

Ralph A. Keifer (+ 1987)  Catholic Theological Union, Chicago/University of Notre Dame

Eugene Walsh, SS (+1989) Archdiocese of Baltimore

Larry Gully (+1990)
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Shawn Sheehan (?-1990)
  President of the conference in the fifties and also very active in social justice causes throughout his life.

Robert Hovda (+1992)  Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Mark Searle (+1992)  University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN

Sr. Theophane Hytrek (+1992)  Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

Michael Marx, OSB (+1993)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Mary Perkins Ryan (+1993) Liturgical Conference

Ferdinando Antonelli (1897-1993) 
Cardinal Ferdinando Antonelli, O.F.M., a long time Vatican official and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died in Rom July 12, 1993, at the age of 96.  On May 28, 1948,  Father Antonelli, the general director (relator generale) of the historical section of the Congregation of Rites, was appointed by Pius XII to be the general director of the commission to form the project for a general liturgical reform.  (Rev. Annibale Bugnini, C.M., editor of the Ephemerides Liturgicae, was made secretary of the commission.)

Jacques Berthier (+1994) Taizé Community, France

Jan Vermulst (+1994)

Jerome Theisen, OSB (+1995)
 St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

James Dunning (+1995)  North American Forum for the Catechumenate

Frank Winkels (+1995) Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Robert Edward Kreutz (+1996) Composer

Elmer Pfeil (+1996) Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Omer Westendorf (+1997) Composer

Sue Seid Martin (+1998)
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Michael H. Hay (+1999)
Archdiocese of Chicago

Norita Lanners, OSB (+1999)  St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph MN

John B. O'Donnell (+1999)  Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada

Leonard Sullivan (+1999)  Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan/National Liturgy Office, Canada

Gerard Farrell, OSB (+2000)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Cecile Gertken OSB (+2000)  St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph MN

William Heidt, OSB (+2000)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Bill Leonard, SJ (+2000)  Liturgical Conference/Boston College/Archdiocese of Boston

Balthasar Fischer 1912-2001   Dr. Fisher was head of the Liturgical Institute in Germany. During the implementation of the Council decrees, Fisher was entrusted with membership of several of the study groups and between 1964 and 1968 was the leader of Study Group 22 in close collaboration with Study Group 23 led by Father Pierre Marie.  From 64 to 69 Fisher was reporting secretary of the subgroup and from 64 to 68 reporting secretary of the subgroup on infant baptism.  Further the German edition of the celebration of infant baptism bears the marks of his authorship.  In addition Fisher led the Study groups set up by the congregation on worship for the directory for celebrating mass with children and the Eucharistic prayers for masses with children.

John Joseph O'Flaherty (+2001)  Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada

Ted Marier (+2001)  Archdiocese of Boston

Ade Bethune (+2002)  Newport, RI

Patrick Byrne (+2002)  Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario/National Bulletin on Liturgy, CCCB

Nicholas Doub, OSB (+2002)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Godfrey Diekmann, OSB (+2002)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Irenee Henri Dalmais O.P.(1914-+2006) was born in Vienne, the department of Isere, in France in 1914. In 1956 he began teaching at the Institut Superieur de Liturgie. He was once of my principal professors when I was a student there.

+Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J. 1932-2018 a leading light in the study of Eastern liturgies, Archimandrite in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and founding member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, died peacefully after a long illness on November 2, 2018. Professor of Oriental Liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome (1970-2002), where he also served as Prefect of the Library (1981-85), and Vice-Rector of the Institute (1995-2001). In addition, he has been Visiting Professor of Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame since 1974, and was Director of the Graduate Program in Liturgical Studies there in 1977-79. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Orientalia Christian Periodica and is presently Director of Publications at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. He has published hundreds of articles and, at last count, he has written and edited thirty-five books.

In addition to serving as board member and/or consultant of several academic and ecclesiastical bodies, Father Taft was a founding member of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the Association of Jesuit Liturgists, and a member of the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies, of the Society for Armenian Studies (retired 1999), and of the International Societas Liturgica. He was a member of the Governing Council of the latter society for ten years (1979 - 89), and its President from 1985 - 87.

Father Taft was a native of Providence, Rhode Island. He was ordained a priest in the Byzantine Slavonic (Russian) Rite in 1963. After receiving his M.A. in philosophy from Boston College, he spent three years as a missionary, teaching at Baghdad College, Baghdad, Iraq. He also holds degrees from Fordham University and Weston College (Mass.), the doctorate in Eastern Christian Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome and postdoctoral studies at the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Mary Anthony Wagner OSB (+2002)  St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph MN

Vincenzo Raffa (1919-2003)  Professor of Liturgy since 1945.  Contributor to the principal Italian liturgical journals.  He was secretary for the coetus responsible for the Liturgy of the Hours, especially the ordering of the psalms and the intercessions.  He was a consulter to the Congregation (1985-1994).  His major work is Liturgia eucaristica Rome 1998, Second Edition 2003.

Mary Elizabeth Bagnell (+2003)  Diocese of Brooklyn/Diocese of New Hampshire

Aelred Tegels, OSB (+2003)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

Frank Kacmarcik, Obl.S.B (+2003)  St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN

M l'Abbe Pierre Jounel (1914-2004)  Born July 16, 1914 Died November 14,2004.  Professeur Honoraire, Institut Catholique de Paris.  Jounel was one of the principal authors of the Missal of Paul VI, the Roman Calendar, the Lectionary, and the Rite of Reconciliation.)

Pére Jounel as one of my principal professors during my years at the Institut Supérieur de Liturgie (1972-1976), he was the "second reader" of my doctoral thesis, and a good friend. After my graduation, we corresponded regularly until his death in 2004.

I have always had a great admiration for Father Jounel. He was one of the most intelligent men on the face of the earth and one of the people who has had a lasting influence in shaping the Church for the next century -- and yet he was the most humble and unassuming man I have ever met. He was always simply himself, eager to help, eager to teach. He accepted each student with great respect.

My French was never very good but he never made any complaints about that fact. He always understood (or at least pretended to understand) what I was saying and he was always quick to praise the my work and to encourage my research. He became for me a model teacher, scholar, and churchman, always giving of his brilliance and talents, humbly and generously. His only desire was to further God's kingdom, not his own.

Two Stories: I remember one day Jounel arrived in the classroom for the afternoon lecture looking rather sad and preoccupied. When we asked what was wrong, he said the he had been praying the Liturgy of the Hours in the Luxemburg Gardens (where he often liked to spend the lunch period). This particular day he noticed that the park was nearly empty, there were not nearly so many people there as on other days. There seemed to be a lot of policemen around, but he went on praying, not thinking much about it. After he left the Gardens and returned to ISL he learned that because of a streaking incident (some college students had run through the park naked, without their pants on) the park had been closed that day and only pregnant women and really old people were allowed entrance!  And, thinking back, he realized that the policemen must have considered him to be one of those "really old people."

And a second story: One day Jounel returned from Rome after having presented the completed text for the revised Ordo Penitentiae to Pope Paul VI. Jounel said that he told the Holy Father that with this presentation of the Rite of Reconciliation, the work of the Concilium was completed; they had revised the Mass, the Calendar, the Lectionary, the Hours, and all Seven Sacraments. Jounel told us that Paul VI received the document, thanked him, and then said, "Now there is only one more ritual that I want you to revise." Jounel questioningly asked, "What rite would that be?" The Holy Father replied, "The Rite for the Funeral of a Pope." Jounel of course realized that Paul VI was asking him to prepare text for his own funeral. Jounel told us this story with such humility and reverence that we were all moved to tears of admiration at how much Jounel loved the Church and how much Pope Paul VI appreciated, respected, and loved Jounel in return.

Pierre-Marie Gy, OP (1922-2004)  Fr. Gy was one of my principal professors at the Institut Supérieur de Liturgie, the director of my doctoral thesis, and a good friend.  He is one of the principal authors of the General Introduction to the Rites of Christian Initiation, the Rite of Infant Baptism, the Rite of Marriage, and the Order of Christian Funerals.

The liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council was influenced in a powerful way by this man who was one of the most widely read liturgical scholars of our times.  He was influences in his scholarly formation by Dom Bernard Botte, OSB, of Louvain and Pére Yves Congar, OP.  During the start of his career he also had contact with Dom Gregory Dix, OSB and Father Andreas Jungman, SJ.

In the great Dominican intellectual tradition, Pére Gy began medieval studies at the famous School of Chartres in Paris.  His doctoral dissertation was on the theology of the ritual of the Sacraments.  In 1949, one year after his ordination, he began teaching sacramental theology and liturgy at the Dominican Faculty of Theology of Le Saulchoir.  From 1949 until 2001, he was a member of the Center of Pastoral Liturgy, which in 1964 became the official liturgical center of the French Episcopal Conference.

In 1956, under Dom Bernard Botte, Pére Gy was named assistant of the new Institut Supérieur de Liturgie founded at the L'Institut Catholique in Paris.  He succeeded Botte as director until 1987, when he became director of doctoral studies of the entire faculty of theology.  IN 1990, he celebrated his retirement.

Over the years, he edited, first, the Dominican Revue des Sciences Philosophique at Theologique and then the extremely important liturgical journal, La Maison Dieu.  As a writer of numerous articles, bulletins and book reviews, he was the third president of the Societal Liturgica, an ecumenical and international association of liturgical scholars

"Gy was fond of recalling the historical roots of different liturgical practices, and would say that those who think it is time to correct of reform the postconciliar liturgical reforms clearly did not understand those reforms in the first place. 'The work of reform is still before us.'  He was also amused by the Anglo-Saxon attitude to Roman law, confiding that an over-literal interpretation of document was not how the Mediterranean mind saw things and stating that people in those countries had ways of getting around problems which the more straightforward English and Americans could not envisage. ["Obedience to Liturgical Law" was the topic of my doctoral thesis, which Pére Gy directed.  Tom R]   Fr. Gy went to meet the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2004 in his 83rd year, the 62nd year of his profession as a Dominican and the 57th year of his ordination to the priesthood."  (We Believe, May 2005)

Rev. Clarence Rufus J. Rivers (+2004) Diocese of Cincinnati, OH

Frank Winkels
  Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Larry Gully  Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Tom Carroll  Liturgical Conference/Archdiocese of Boston

Shawn Sheehan  Liturgical Conference/Archdiocese of Boston

James F. White (+2004) University of Notre Dame

Brother Roger (+2005)
Taizé Community, France

Monika Hellwig (1931-2005)    Monika Hellwig died at Washington Hospital Center Sept. 30 after suffering a severe stroke. She was 74 years old. She had just recently retired as president and executive director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Hellwig taught theology for more than 30 years at Georgetown University before taking up the ACCU post. Just days before her death she had taken up a new position as a research fellow at the university's Woodstock Theological Center. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, she received numerous honors and awards for her work, including more than 30 honorary degrees.

Frederic R. McManus (1923-2005)  Professor Emeritus of the School of Canon Law and former Academic Vice President at The Catholic University of America. On May 1, 1947 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston. Msgr. McManus continued his studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America where he received the J.C.B. degree in 1952, the J.C.L. in 1953, and the J.C.D. in 1954.  --  He joined the faculty at CUA as an Assistant Professor in 1958, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1960 and to the rank of Ordinary Professor in 1964. Msgr. McManus served as Dean of the School of Canon Law from 1967 to 1973, as Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies from 1974 to 1983, and as Academic Vice President from 1983 to 1985. Following his retirement from the University in 1997, the Board of Trustees voted to confer upon him the title of Professor Emeritus. -- In addition to his expertise as a canonist, Msgr. McManus was well-known for his contributions to the liturgical renewal in the Catholic Church and to the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. He served as consultor to the Pontifical Preparatory Commission on the Sacred Liturgy for the Second Vatican Council and was a peritus at the Council. He also was a consultor to the Consilium for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Liturgy. He served a term of ten years as the Director of the Secretariat of the Committee on the Liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Msgr. McManus also held membership on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, the Consultation on Common Texts, and the English Language Liturgical Consultation. He further served as a consultor to the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, and was a member of the Catholic-Orthodox Bilateral Commission and the International Joint Commission for Catholic-Orthodox Theological Dialogue; a member of the Canon Law Society of America; Catholic Theological Society of America; Catholic Commission on Cultural and Intellectual Affairs; Consociatio Internationalalis Studio Juris Canonici Promovendo; Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture; The Liturgical Conference; North American Academy of Ecumenists; North American Academy of Liturgy; and Societas Liturgia.

Reverend Thomas Julian Talley (1924-2005)  The Reverend Thomas Julian Talley, ordained an Episcopal priest in 1952, dies on December 30, 2005.  Professor of liturgics at General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1971-1900, he was also visiting professor at Notre Dame University and at the Nashotah House.  In 1986, he published The Origins of the Liturgical Year, which quickly became a standard and invaluable reference.  in 1987 he was awarded the Berakah award by the North American Academy of Liturgy.  Dr. Talley died peacefully early in the evening of December 30, 2005 in Asheville, North Carolina. He was one who lived in constant awareness of the "already, not yet" nature of the Christian life. "We always live between memory and hope, between his coming and his coming, and the present which is the threshold between these, between past and future..." Thomas Talley became Professor of Liturgics at General Theological Seminary in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. He received his B.A. from the University of the South in 1948, his S.T.B. from General in 1951, and his doctorate, also from GTS, in 1969. An internationally renowned scholar on the church calendar, Dr. Talley never lost the wonderful inflections of English as spoken in his native Texas, where he had been born in 1924. His wily and mischievous sense of humor was known to several generations of GTS students and his distinctive laugh was instantly recognizable, even at a considerable distance across the Seminary campus. "Dr. Talley was an extraordinary professor," said Bishop Alexander. "His scholarship is a great legacy to the church and I count it such a privilege to have known him as teacher, mentor, and friend."

I [i.e. Tom Richstatter] first met Tom Talley in a cable car in 1973 as Tomaso Kane and I were going up the mountain from Barcelona to Benedictine monastery of Mont Serrate where I attended my first meeting of the Societas Liturgica and served as a translator French-English. I remained an admirer of Dr Talley from that time to this and continually refer to his work, especially when I teach courses on the Liturgical year. May he rest in peace.)

Regis Duffy, O.F.M. (1935-2006) Franciscan theologian of Holy Name Province, died Jan. 4, 2006 at the age of 71.  He had suffered for years from acute migraine headaches and subsequently pulmonary fibrosis, which eventually took his life.  Regis taught for more than 15 years at Washington Theologian Union before joining the faculty at the University of Notre Dame.   For ten years he was scholar in residence at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.  His first sacramental theological work in 1982 was Real Presence.  In 1995 he wrote An American Emmaus:  Faith and Sacrament in the American Culture.  Sensitive to the many challenges being faced in the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, he wrote in 1984, On Becoming a Catholic  The Challenge of Christian Initiation.  He made valuable pastoral contribution in 1983 with A Roman Catholic Theology of Pastoral Care.  His final work was Liturgy and the Universal Catechism.

I gave the following testimony at the 2006 meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy:

One day Charley Brown's dog Snoopy, lying on his back on the top of his doghouse, mused: "When I'm dead and gone, I hope they will say of me: He was a good dog. He chased sticks."

Regis Duffy, a Franciscan Priest of the New York Province of the Holy Name has died.  I am honored to have been asked to say a few words about this great liturgist.  Regis was a good dog: he chased sticks -- and he did a whole lot more, though I never heard him begin a lecture without a quote from Charles Schultz's Charley Brown comic strip.

When I was at the Institut Superieur de Liturgie in Paris in the early 1970's, Pére Gy and the faculty were still talking about Regis' creative application of "the human sciences" to the history of Reconciliation in his doctoral thesis. For the next 40 years Regis continued to astound with his creativity, forming generations of thinking men and women by his insightful teaching at the Washington Theological Union, Notre Dame University, and Saint Bonaventure University.

When I was with the FDLC in Washington DC,  Regis' Franciscan Community at Holy Name Friary took me in, and Regis had the room next to mine.  He was a true Franciscan brother, kind and supportive. But this was typical of Regis; he was truly a "gentleman". He had the reputation among his students and colleagues as being a brilliant teacher, inspiring and challenging. His books and articles always lead you to think new thoughts about old truths.

Regis was a founding member of our Academy and very active at our meetings for many years. Because of health problems and often suffering from migraine headaches, he was not a prominent presence at our NAAL meetings in recent rears. Regis died January 4, 2006 of fibrosis of the lungs. Now with his headaches gone and his lungs no longer laboring, this creative liturgist rests in the loving embrace of the creator of all creativity.

Eternal rest grant unto him O God...

Reverend Aidan Kavanagh (1929-2006) It is with great sadness that I write to tell you Aidan Kavanagh died this morning. The details are not clear to me, but he may have died of heart failure shortly after breakfast at about 9am. Many of you who knew him, know that he has not been in good health for years and particularly of late, he had had some serious ailments that caused several stays in the hospital. 

Dr. Kavanagh, O.S.B., was Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale from the mid-1970's until his retirement approximately 20 years later. He was one of the foremost figures in this field in the world and published such seminal books as "The Shape of  Baptism: The rite of Christian Initiation" and "Confirmation: Origins and Reform." Dr. Kavanagh came to Yale after having taught at the University of Notre Dame.  In addition to teaching at Yale, he also served for brief periods as Acting Dean of Yale Divinity School and Acting Director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Rev. Lucien Deiss, C.S.Sp. (1921-2007) On Tuesday, October 9, 2007, Reverend Lucien Deiss, C.S.Sp., celebrated what he often referred to as the most joyful day of my life  in returning home to be with his Lord.  His funeral will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13 at Seminaire des Missiones in Larue, France.

Best known to Roman Catholics in the U.S. through his scriptural songs such as "All the Earth"  "Keep in Mind" and "Grant to Us, O Lord," Fr. Deiss was also widely known in Europe and the United States as a scholar in the fields of Sacred Scripture and Patristics. He was selected by Pope Paul VI to coordinate the Lectionary Psalter following the Second Vatican Council. His "Biblical Hymns and Psalms" was the first significant way that millions of Catholics in the U.S. came to sing the Word of God and treasure it in their hearts. For this he was given an honorary Doctorate in Sacred Music from Duquesne University. A tireless advocate of the reforms of Vatican II, Fr.  Deiss continually encouraged those who worked in liturgical reform in this country to remain fervent in prayer to the Holy Spirit, and he dedicated much of his life to liturgical catechesis through workshops and the well-known "Deiss days" sponsored by WLP (then World Library of Sacred Music). He was, above all, a man of prayer, dedicated to the celebration of the Eucharist, and was always filled with a gentle and loving humor.

Rev. Joseph Gelineau, S.J., (1920-2008)  Father Gelineau was a pastor and visionary.  His contribution to the world of liturgical music was both ground breaking and prolific. He devoted his life to liturgy and was instrumental in the movement toward the Second Vatican Council.  He is most known for his numerous psalm tones (covering the entire Psalter), which were originally written for the Psalter of the Bible de Jérusalem, and were later applied to the Grail Psalter in English . For over 60 years he also composed for Brother Roger and the Taizé Community. The spiritual power of his music inspired many and now lives in the hearts and minds of Christians worldwide. He died in Sallanches, August, 8 2008 at the age of 87 after 67 years as a Jesuit priest.   He was one of my professors at the Institut Superieur de Liturgie. 

Rev. Austin Flannery, OP (1925-2008)    Austin Flannery made a singular contribution to making Vatican II a reality for many people through his publication of its documents. Appointed editor of Doctrine and Life in August 1957, the journal became a medium of information for the preparation of an ecumenical council announced by Pope John XXIII in January 1959 and then during the council (1962-1965). His collection of the documents of Vatican II became the standard English-language version, often simply cited as 'Flannery.' Ten years after the council in 1975, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents was issued simultaneously by Dominican Publications and six other publishers in Europe, USA and Australia.

Rev. John Gallen, S.J.  (1932-2011)  Founding member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.  Died the Sunday of the Lord's Passion (Palm Sunday), April 17, 2011. John convened the first gathering of NAAL in Scottsdale, AZ, December 4-7, 1973 to commemorate the 10thanniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1950 and received the Berakah award in 2000. His Berakah response was titled "The Role of the Artist in Liturgical Inculturation." He served for a number of years as Director of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy.

Rev. Larry Madden, S.J.  (   -2011)  +June 29, 2011   Since 1981, Fr. Madden has been the Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy which, thirteen times, sponsored Form/Reform: the National Conference on Art and Environment for Catholic Worship. He is the Editorial Director of EnVisionChurch, a website devoted to liturgy, spirituality and the arts. From 1993 to 2000 he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, where he undertook the restoration of the original 1792 church and the construction of a parish center. At Georgetown University he served as Director of Campus Ministry and is a member of the theological faculty.  Fr. Madden served as an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy and on the governing committee of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Dom Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB, STD 1939- 2013 - liturgist, theologian and a father to all Filipino liturgists and countless students of Sant Anselmo. Father Anscar died from a heart attack on 9 January 2013, at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay.

David Power, OMI, 2932-2014   He was born in Dublin, Ireland.  He obtained his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at the Pontifical University of St. Anselmo in Rome in 1968. In 1977, he was appointed Professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

David G. Buttrick 1927-2017, emeritus professor of homiletics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, "side-stepped into the mystery of God" on April 22, 2017. He was 89 years old. – Ordained in the Presbytery of New York City in 1951 in what is now known as the Presbyterian Church USA, Buttrick began his ministry as a pastor in Fredonia, New York. After serving part time on the denomination's Board of Christian Education, he began his teaching career at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1961, moved to St. Meinrad School of Theology in 1975, and ultimately accepted a position in a pioneering role bringing preaching and worship into critical dialog with other disciplines at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1982. He was received into the ordained ministry of the United Church of Christ in the 1990s, choosing this move in part because of that denomination's commitments to inclusion and diversity. Author of 19 books in the field of homiletics, as well as over 175 articles and reviews, his 1987 Homiletic: Moves and Structures, quickly became a mainstay of required reading in the preaching curriculum in seminaries across denominational and theological spectra and helped make him one of the most respected and sought after speakers and lecturers on preaching thereafter.

Virginia Sloyan died March 11, 2018  at age 87. Virginia Sloyan, a writer and editor who for decades worked for the Liturgical Council of Washington, producing materials to help the Catholic Church implement liturgical changes after the Second Vatican Council. Sloyan never forgot that "the dimensions of the liturgy are about the shaping of people to serve the world, not just to have a beautiful service or a good time," said Gabe Huck, who worked with Sloyan in the Liturgical Conference of Washington. The organization had started as an annual "liturgy week" in 1940 but gained new momentum after the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was promulgated in 1963. Beginning in the 1960s, Sloyan helped organize and coordinate the liturgy weeks, which, according to the Liturgical Conference's website, drew nearly 20,000 priests, religious and laypeople from all over the United States in the years immediately following the release of the constitution.



David Power, OMI
December 14, 1932 – June 19, 2014


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