The Second Vatican Council Lecture Series continues

"Vatican II's Dream of Unity: The Constitution on the Liturgy 40 Years Later" | September 1, 2004

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In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Council, Fr. J-Glenn Murray, S.J, will speak about the role of the liturgy on October 3, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center in the Cintas Center.

Father J-Glenn Murray, S.J. ., has been a member of the Maryland Province of Jesuits for the last 36 years. He was ordained to priestly ministry in June 1979 and received his Master's degree in Divinity with a concentration in Liturgy from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1983. Fr. Murray was the principal drafter of the United States Bishops’ document, Plenty Good Room: the Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship. Since 1989 he has worked for Bishop Anthony Michael Pilla in the Diocese of Cleveland in the Office of Pastoral Liturgy, becoming its director in 1995. Fr. Murray is currently writing his thesis project for the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He teaches frequently at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley as well as Saint Mary's Seminary and the University of Cleveland. He lectures widely in the areas of Liturgy and Culture, as well as conducting parish missions and priests' retreats.

On October 3, 2004 he will speak at Xavier University about the significance of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Liturgy (Sacrosanctum concilium): “Not a few pundits of late have noted that both as a nation and a Church we have been suffering no little polarization. For many, the Eucharist--claimed to be the very heart of the Church and the source of our unity--has been experienced instead as a summit of pain and fracture. A careful examination of Sacrosanctum concilium some forty years after its promulgation is warranted. Far from being a divisive document, the principles and vision set forth therein are inclusive: source and summit, sacrifice and banquet, local and universal, sanctification and glorification, substantial unity and adaptation, etc. Once more and again, let us assay this magna carta that it may be for all disciples the tie that binds!”

Please click here to read an interview with Fr. Murray about what makes good liturgy.

Responses to Fr. Murray's talk will be given by Ms. Emily Besl and Mr. Michael Marchal.

Emily Besl currently works as a pastoral associate at St. Mary Church, Hyde Park, where she is the director of the catechumenate. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary Seminary, teaching courses in liturgy and sacraments. In addition, she has been a consultant and speaker on liturgical matters in parishes, schools, and various archdiocesan programs for over twenty years. Emily holds an M.A. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Theology from Xavier University. She is married and the mother of two teenage daughters.

Michael Marchal has an A.B. in English from Xavier University and Ph.D. candidacy in Philosophy from Fordham University. He has taught full-time at St. Xavier High School for three decades and part-time at several universities.

His written works have been in the areas of literary criticism and liturgy. He has published two books: Parish Funerals and Adapting the Liturgy as well as numerous articles. He also has spoken widely on bereavement and ritual and has been a member of the Archdiocesan Worship Commission in Cincinnati.