Joy of the Gospel

This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses.

Liturgical Music at Joy of the Gospel

Liturgical Music at Joy of the Gospel: Convocation of America's Catholic Leaders

This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States.

The convocation will be held in Orlando, Florida, from Saturday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Inspired by Evangelii Gaudium, the Convocation is intended to form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.

It is a privilege for our Team to be invited to provide liturgical music for the Convocation. Following the warm reception of our work at the WYD 2016 Mercy Center, the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Chris and Frs. Lukasz and Gabriel to create a repertoire in the "Polish Dominican style". Dominicans especially cherish Gregorian chant, explains Chris, and yet they believe that the beauty of sacred music does not belong to one particular genre. It flows from a basic requirement found in different musical styles, which might be summed up as, it’s all about God, and He’s a Mystery. Inexpressible and ineffable, the Mystery of God is always ahead of us, approached but never comprehended, and therefore our liturgical music—filled with awe and love for Him—should reflect that fundamental humility.

To carry out this vision, we formed an ensemble of 20 vocalists and 8 instrumentalists, and our repertoire will include contemporary music by Dominican composers from Poland and France, as well as polyphonic motets in Latin and Spanish, Taize chants and Gregorian propers, old English and new Mexican Eucharistic hymns.

Our hope for the Convocation is to invite the participants to ground their discussions and various activities in the timeless beauty of liturgy which always reminds us that things can be truly renewed only in and through Christ.