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“‘Down in Adoration Falling’: Music, the Sacred & Worship”

March 24, 2011
7 p.m. Lecture
Old St. Joe’s Church

Fr. Jan Michael Joncas
Associate Professor of Catholic Studies
University of St. Thomas

A renowned composer, prolific writer and popular lecturer, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas is also one of the most highly respected liturgical theologians in the Roman Catholic Church today. A priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Fr. Joncas earned his M.A. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and his S.L.L. and S.L.D. degrees from the Pontifical Institute of the Liturgy in Rome in 1989 and 1991. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, but has also taught at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Santa Clara University, Notre Dame and the Angelicum University in Rome. 

Fr. Joncas’ publications include Preaching the Rites of Christian Initiation (1994); The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Liturgy and Sacraments (1995); and From Sacred Song to Ritual Music (1997). His articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of distinguished journals such as Worship, Pro Ecclesia, Ephemerides Liturgicae and Catholic International. But Fr. Joncas is likely best known for his many acclaimed liturgical compositions, which include On Eagles’ Wings; We Come to Your Feast; In the Sight of the Angels; and A Voice Cries Out, which won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Liturgical Music from Oregon Catholic Press in 2003. His other awards include the Distinguished Educator Award from the University of St. Thomas, the Michel Mathis Award from the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and, in 2007, an award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Unfortunately, this event was canceled due to weather and was never rescheduled.