News of the Society
The Society for Catholic Liturgy Congratulates Archbishop-elect Augustine DiNoia
The Society for Catholic Liturgy would like to extend congratulations to Archbishop-elect Augustine DiNoia, O.P., upon his appointment by the Holy Father as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Archbishop-elect DiNoia is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
New Webmaster of the SCL Website
At the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, it was determined that Dr. Jennifer Donelson would assume the role of webmaster for the Society’s website. The Society is particularly grateful to the work of the former webmaster, Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke, for his tremendous work in building and maintaining the previous website and facilitating a smooth transition to the new design.
Questions and/or suggestions regarding the new website may be directed to Jennifer Donelson by clicking here.
2010 Conference Announcement: Call for Papers and Presentations
Mark your calendars! The 2010 annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy will be held at St Mary’s Church in Greenville, South Carolina, from 28 to 31 January, 2010. The conference is dedicated to exploring Munera Liturgica: Liturgical Roles and Ministries. The call for papers and the call for workshop presentations are available on this site. The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2009. Further information will be posted on our conferences page at it becomes available.
2009 Conference: New Time and New Venue
The 2009 annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, on the Missale Romanum, was the first conference of the Society to begin at the end of January. It also took place at a new location, St Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska. For further information about the speakers and liturgical services of the 2009 conference, check our conferences page.
Changes at Antiphon
Visit our Antiphon page to see the journal’s new editorial team. Beginning with the first number of 2009, Fr Thomas Kocik is serving as editor. The Society thanks previous editor Fr Neil J. Roy, along with those who preceded him: Fr Timothy Vaverek and Msgr M. Francis Mannion.
2007 Conference a Success
Held at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, from 20-23 September, the 2007 annual conference was a great success. With over 100 people attending – including pastors, seminarians, scholars, religious, and interested laity – it boasted the largest attendance of any of the Society’s conferences to date. The conference was dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy. Dr Alcuin Reid delivered the keynote address, and in the closing plenary address Msgr Michael Magee discussed “Three Windows into the Mind of Benedict XVI on the Liturgy,” based on his experiences working with the Congregation for Divine Worship. Sixteen speakers presented scholarly papers in “track I” sessions, while six speakers led the more practical “track II” sessions. Conference participants prayed the divine office and the Mass together, and also enjoyed a sacred music concert by the Magpie Consort. Click here to see photos and more information about the 2007 annual conference.
First Photo Gallery Added to the Web Site
The web site of the Society for Catholic Liturgy now offers its first photo gallery, containing images of speakers and attendees at the 2006 Annual General Conference of the Society.
Membership Renewal Notices Mailed
Renewal notices for membership in the Society for Catholic Liturgy were mailed to members in spring of 2007. Do not forget to renew your membership! Would you like to become a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy? Information on how to do so is available on our membership page.
2006 Conference a Success
The Society for Catholic Liturgy’s eleventh annual conference was held from 21-24 September 2006, at the Mary Immaculate Center in Northampton, Pennsylvania, on the topic of “The Sacraments of Healing.” Cardinal James Francis Stafford joined members and guests of the Society for the weekend, and delivered the keynote address. Bishop Edward P. Cullen welcomed the Society to the diocese of Allentown. Photographs and more details will be available soon on the conferences page. Papers delivered at the conference will be published in future issues of Antiphon.
Sample Antiphon Articles Available Online
Antiphon is now in the second year of its new format, which was revealed with number 9.1 (2005). Fr Neil J. Roy, the editor of Antiphon, explained the changes in that number’s editorial. Select sample articles are available as Adobe files on this site. They can be accessed through the table of contents for each issue, linked on the Antiphon page.
Statement of Principles Approved
The process of revising the General Philosophy of the Society for Catholic Liturgy began at a meeting of the Board of Directors in 2002. Certain statements in the General Philosophy had to be changed in light of Liturgiam authenticam (28 March 2001). The Board and a sub-committee dedicated to drafting the revision produced a text that was mailed to all the members and discussed at the September 2005 business meeting. Based on comments received, final adjustments were made to the phrasing of the principles and the statement was mailed to the members for a vote in October 2005. The new Statement of Principles (SP) was approved by a 95% majority and was adopted on 1 December 2005. For further discussion, see the commentary on the Statement of Principles by Fr Timothy V. Vaverek.
SCL Opens to Associate Members
In order to diversify its membership and broaden its outreach, the Society for Catholic Liturgy has opened up to associate members. Associate members, like full members, must ascribe to the Society’s Statement of Principles and have the written recommendation of a current member. Unlike full members, associate members need not be scholars with terminal degrees or professionals with a comparable level of expertise. Thus the Society and its activities are open to many people already deeply interested and engaged in liturgical matters, but who until now have not met the requirements for full membership. Application forms for both associate members and full members are available on the Membership page of this site.
2005 Conference a Success
Members and guests of the Society enjoyed a stimulating conference at the Mary Immaculate Center of Northampton, Pennsylvania, from Thursday September 15th to Sunday the 18th, 2005. The conference report will be available on this site.
Web Site Updated
Thank you for your patience with the Society’s web site! At its Winter 2005 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Society for Catholic Liturgy entrusted Dr Daniel G. Van Slyke with the task of updating the web site. The first phase of revision was completed in May 2005. Look forward to ongoing improvements and continual updates!