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27 Jul

NPM Plenum Sessions

The week of July 11-15, 2016 a group of ten from St. Francis, along with many more from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, met in Houston with pastoral musicians from around the country, and some from around the world. We were at the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

There were five (5) plenum, big group sessions . You can view the videos of them here! Although they are lengthy–45 to 60 minutes each–each one is absolutely worth your time. (They are linked here to begin where the speaker begins. If you wish you can rewind to hear their introductions.)

Plenum 1 -Fr. Tony RicardPlenum 2 - Dr. C. Vanessa WhitePlenum 3 - Fr. J. Michael JoncasPlenum 4 - Carolyn Y. WooPlenum 5 - Fr. Paul TurnerMore...

Plenum 1 – Fr. Tony Ricard

One Song, Many Voices /
Many Songs, One Voice

Come together, Church, and hear the message of Hope, the message of Love, the message of Jesus, from the perspective of Song as the voice of the Church. Song is the voice of the Church in praise, in petition, in thanksgiving. The Church expresses gratitude for this Voice that embraces varieties of language, of tone, of dialect, bringing to our worship the rich and multiple heritages of music in our various cultures. While it is a challenge sometimes to find ways to bring those voices together, it is a challenge worth accepting.

(begins at 31:32)

Reverend R. Tony Ricard, M.Th., M.Div., is a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish. A Catholic revivalist and youth speaker, he is the director of Knight Time Ministries and the publisher, author, and editor for Two Nights Publications Company.

Plenum 2 – Dr. C. Vanessa White

Spirituality: Many Paths, One God

God is one, but God is also infinite. There are multiple paths to the one God, even within the one faith that we embrace. And, as Vatican II reminded us, there are paths to God beyond our faith. But we are incarnate beings, limited, seeking. We need to embrace the path that we have found, but we also need to recognize the existence, reality and validity of other paths that lead people to union with God and therefore, in God with us.

(begins at 3:28)

Throughout her ministry and study, C. Vanessa White has had a passionate interest in spirituality and ministry formation. As a formation and retreat minister, catechist, lay missionary director, pastoral minister, and educator, Dr. White has been intent on journeying with those who are seeking a greater understanding of God’s will in their lives. She has over twenty-five years of experience in ministry and spiritual formation with lay and religious communities.

Plenum 3 – Fr. J. Michael Joncas

Holiness, Beauty and Sacrament

Pope Benedict XVI is quoted as saying that “I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth . . . are the saints and the beauty that the faith has generated.” Humans need beauty; our senses long for beauty. Beauty can be a vehicle for holiness, and the arts within liturgy express the beauty that evokes or leads to holiness: signs, symbols, music.

(begins at 4:58)

Michael Joncas is a liturgical composer, author, speaker, and professor who has published three books, and more than 100 of his articles have appeared in publications such as Worship, Pastoral Music, and Ecclesia Orans. He has over 20 collections of liturgical music. Fr. Joncas is currently an associate professor in the Department of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Plenum 4 – Carolyn Y. Woo

Transformation through Mission /
Transformación a través de la misión

As a Pilgrim people, we are on the journey to incarnate the presence of God in us. How does this transformation inform our worship and our mission?

(begins at 6:40)

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Prior to CRS, Carolyn served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; and prior to that Dr. Woo served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.

Plenum 5 – Fr. Paul Turner

“May the Peoples Praise You, God; May All the Peoples Praise You” (Psalm 67)
“Oh Dios, que te alaben los pueblos, que todos los pueblos te alaben” (Salmo 66)

There is an urgency in finding ways to do what we’ve been talking about— embracing diversity within the one Faith, celebrating the rich diversity that gives us so many ways to praise God. The text of Fr. Turner’s presentation will also be projected in Spanish and Vietnamese.

(begins at 11:12)

Father Turner is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. A priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, he holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’Anselmo in Rome. His publications include At the Supper of the Lamb(Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2011); Glory in the Cross(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011); ML Bulletin Inserts(San Jose: Resource Publications, 2012); and Celebrating Initiation: A Guide for Priests(Chicago: World Library Publications, 2008). He is a regular contributor to Worship magazine’s “The Amen Corner.” He is a former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a member of Societas Liturgica, and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He is a recipient of the Jubilate DeoAward (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) and the Frederick McManus Award (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions). He also serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

A few more videos from the NPM convention are on the YouTube playlist here:


Please note: The videos all have some dead air and/or other content at the beginning. You can skip through as desired, of course.

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