SCL Conference: The Temple Transformed

posted by Michael Raia

Bishop Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, delivers his keynote address.

Bishop Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, delivers his keynote address.

This past week I had the privilege to attend the Society for Catholic Liturgy conference 'The Temple Transformed: Liturgy, Art, Music, Architecture & The Fulfillment of the Old Testament.' Founded in 1995, the Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – whose purpose is to promote scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church's liturgy. This year's conference was held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Colorado Springs, CO. Keynote address was given by Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska – a diocese which is currently experiencing explosive vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as an architectural  renewal that includes some 25 recent church renovations. Read more about this nation-wide trend here

Additional presenters included architectural historian and liturgical consultant Denis McNamara of the Liturgical Institute, architects James McCrery, Duncan Stroik, and Dino Marcantonio, and scholars Fr. Uwe Michael Lang and the Austin Diocese's own Dr. Michael Foley, president of the society and professor at Baylor University in Waco, TX. 

SCL Conferences are open to the general public and is particularly well-suited to pastors, directors of liturgy and worship, musicians, artists, and architects. Next year's conference will be held in New York City from October 1st through 4th, 2015. 

SCL Conference attendees pray prior to the celebration of daily Mass in the Extraordinary (Latin) Form at St. Mary's Cathedral in Colorado Springs.

SCL Conference attendees pray prior to the celebration of daily Mass in the Extraordinary (Latin) Form at St. Mary's Cathedral in Colorado Springs.