Our TeamJun 24, 2017
Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP
Lukasz grew up in Przemysl, Poland. Since his early years he studied piano and organ performance. As a member of an early music ensemble he came across pieces by the Krakow Dominicans and this encounter revolutionized his view of liturgical music. Attracted by the way the Dominicans pray and sing, Lukasz entered religious life in 2000.
In the Order he served as cantor and conductor, he also participated in several recording sessions with the DLC, Gregorian chant seminars, festivals of early music, etc.. In 2007 he graduated from the Pontifical John Paul II University in Krakow with a degree in patristic theology. After two years of ministry in Jaroslaw, Poland, Lukasz was sent to join the Dominican campus ministry team at Columbia University in the City of New York. Ever since then his focus has been to form people through their conscious participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and the music developed in the Dominican environment in Poland lent itself exceptionally well to this purpose. In collaboration with Christopher Mueller he translated and arranged many of those compositions, introducing them into liturgical life of the ministry sites he has served: Columbia University in NYC, Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, AK, University of Washington Newman Center in Seattle, WA, and St. Catherine's Newman Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
During World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Lukasz served as the co-director of liturgy and music at the English-speaking site, the Mercy Center, leading music for 18,000 pilgrims at Tauron Arena. One of the fruits of this project was an invitation to direct music at the USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, FL, in July 2017.
Lukasz loves walking the Way of St. James in Spain, working with college students, and theological conversations involving good wine.
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Chris is a composer and conductor in the greater New York City area. He met the Dominicans at Columbia University and the church of Notre Dame in 2003 where he served as the music director. Since then he has actively participated in the work of translating the French and Polish Dominican liturgical experience into the musical and theological specificity of the Church in America.
Chris was the conductor of the choir & orchestra at the Mercy Centre at World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, Poland, where he led the music at daily Mass for 18,000 pilgrims at Tauron Arena. He is the founding director of the Ars Mueller ensemble, the founding director of Trio Triumvirum, the co-founder and assistant director of the Young New Yorkers' Chorus, and the principal organist at Saint Mary Parish, Stamford, CT. He has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs, student choirs, and children's choirs. His family ensemble, the Mueller Family Schola, has sung numerous Masses and concerts at home and abroad.
His congregational Mass setting, Missa pro editione tertia, is used at English-language parishes around the globe, and he is the composer of over 200 sacred choral works, most of which are available on his website, www.benesonarium.com. He is also the founding director of the Christopher Mueller Foundation for Polyphony & Chant, whose goal is to promote the use of polyphony and chant in the Roman Catholic Mass and elsewhere.
In addition to his work as a conductor, singer, composer, and jazz pianist, Chris was, for 7 1/2 years, the Coordinator of Marriage Preparation Programs for the Archdiocese of New York. He is a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and is happily married, with three radiant children.
Fr. Gabriel Torretta, OP
Fr. Gabriel is a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Joseph. Currently serving as a parochial vicar in Cincinnati, OH, he has been involved with the renewal of the liturgy since the days of his graduate studies at Columbia University in NYC where he met the Polish Dominicans.
Fr. Gabriel joined the Dominican Order in 2008 and participated in the schola at the Dominican House of Studies for five years, which enabled him to sing on In Medio Ecclesiae, the first of many CDs produced by the schola in recent years. He has worked on a collaborative project recompiling Dominican chant, has brought Polish Dominican music to campus ministries and pilgrimages in the Eastern U.S., and has sung at World Youth Day in Krakow and the USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, cooperating with Fr. Lukasz and Chris Mueller.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015, after completing his studies at the Dominican House of Studies with a specialization in theological aesthetics.
Fr. Dominik Jurczak, OP
Dominik has been the director of the DLC since 2016. He graduated with a degree in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical John Paul II University in Krakow, Poland, and currently lives at the Dominican basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome and serves there as the cantor and liturgist. In May 2017 Dominik defended his doctoral thesis at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute "Anselmianum" where he got appointed an associate professor.
He has taught at the Dominican House of Studies in Krakow, Poland, as well as through the Dominican School of Faith formation network. His articles have been published in "W drodze" Dominican magazine, "Teofil" Dominican review, "Ecclesia Orans", and on the Liturgia.pl website.
Dominik is interested in the history of liturgical books, ecclesiology, and hermeneutical criticism of liturgical texts.
He loves travels, visits to interesting places and good wine.