Choral Evensong and Symposium on Newman in Boston, October 9th

Featuring Peter Kreeft, Fr Peter Stravinskas and Dr William Fahey of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Anglican Use Congregation of St. Athanasius and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston will be sponsoring a symposium on the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. There will be a series of well known speakers in the afternoon Peter Kreeft, Philip Crotty, Fr Peter Stravinskas and President of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, William Fahey. There will be a reception and then Choral Evensong at 5pm. Choral Evensong is especially to be recommended for any who wish to see a model of beautiful and dignified liturgy in the vernacular.

We are incorporating Anglican chant into our liturgy at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Steve Cavanagh from the Anglican use congregation in Boston who is involved in the organisation of this event (and who runs a blog about the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite) visited Thomas More College over the summer. He taught us some of the fundamentals of this form of chant and gave us a fascinating talk about the development of Anglican chant (from the ancient Sarum psalter) and its preservation in the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge and the Royal Chapel at Windsor.

The speakers for the symposium are:

  • Dr. Peter Kreeft on Newman as poet
  • Dr. Philip Crotty on Newman as educator
  • Dr. William Fahey on Newman as preacher
  • Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Newman as convert.
The photo above is of the elevation of the chalice during Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph. Fr. Richard Bradford (of the Anglican Use Congregation of St Athanasius ), celebrant, assited by Fr. Peter Stravinskas and Deacon Michael Connolly. The photograph is taken from Steve Cavanagh's blog.