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CMG Buffalo Convocation 2017

Friday/Saturday, November 3-4, 2017

Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY

Fr. Ricky Manalo – Presenter

The 2017 Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo Convocation was held on November 3 & 4 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The presenter was Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., a Paulist priest and a liturgical composer. He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA. Fr. Manalo's music is published chiefly by Oregon Catholic Press. Some of his best known hymns include: Beyond the Days; In These Days of Lenten Journey; Spirit and Grace; With One Voice; Worthy Is the Lamb; and the Mass of Spirit and Grace.

Fr. Manalo is also known for pioneering and popularizing Asian Catholic liturgical music in the United States, and his music has been sung during papal Masses of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.

Fr. Manalo spoke on the topics: "Bearing Gifts Among Us: International Ministers and Parish Life Today" and "Come to the Feast: Nourishing the Assembly, Nourishing our Souls".

The Convocation also included breakout sessions on the following topics:

bulletVocal strengthening and vocal care for cantors - Catherine Humphrey
bulletEnsemble skills for guitarists and pianists - Kathy Felong
bulletClergy/musicians working relationships - Father Ricky
bulletIntroduction to music for the diocesan choral festival - Frank Scinta
bulletChoral literature for church choirs - Heather Lovelace


Father Ricky Manalo in Concert

As part of the Church Musicians Guild Convocation weekend, Father Manalo performed his music in concert on Friday evening with the Our Lady of Hope Church Youth Choir, Jennifer Surniuk, director.  The concert was held at St. John Vianney Church in Orchard Park.



CMG Buffalo Convocation 2015

Friday/Saturday, September 18 & 19, 2015

Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY

Topic: “The Song of the Singing Assembly”
Sr. Judith Marie Kubicki – Presenter

The Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo held its “Convocation 2015” at Christ the King Seminary on September 18-19, 2015. This year’s keynote speaker was the Guild’s own Sister Judith Marie Kubicki. The event was entitled “The Song of the Singing Assembly”.

We have heard many times, the axiom, LEX ORANDI- LEX CREDENDI “the law of praying is the law of believing.” So the question arises as to what texts do we, pastoral musicians, choose to place on the lips and the hearts of our parish assembles? Is it valid? Does it reflect what the Church believes?

With the myriad of choices that are presented to us on a regular basis, it can be an extremely daunting task to select the best. Our speaker challenged us to get away from that which is merely acceptable to that which truly expresses the riches of the Liturgy, and Scripture.

Sister Judith’s presentations examined topics such as:

1. How Do Hymn Texts Do Theology?
2. Finding the Theological Pulse of a Hymn Text
3. An Embarrassment of Riches: Images and Symbols that Are Alive and Multivalent
4. The Performative and Transformative Power of Classic Hymn Texts


CMG Buffalo Convocation 2013

Friday/Saturday, October 11-12, 2013

Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY



Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Michael Driscoll

Music as Mystagogy: Catechizing Through the Sacred Arts



REV MICHAEL S. DRISCOLL PHD is an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and the founding director of the Master of Sacred Music program. He was president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy and president of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris.

Fr. Driscoll's keynote address looked at the role of music, as well as the other sacred arts, in forming our Christian beliefs. How do the liturgical arts impart that deep-felt knowledge of head and heart and faith, the knowledge that nurtures whole human persons and inspires a knowing from the inside out?

A video of Fr. Driscoll's address may be viewed in its entirety here:


Convocation 2013 Pictures

Rev. Dr. Michael Driscoll kicks off the CMG Convocation 2013.


Fr. Driscoll presents the Friday evening reflection.


Friday's Evening Prayer begins.


Michael Stephan and Fran Donahue lead the Taize style prayer service.


Friday evening prayer.


Members gather for Saturday morning prayer.


Fr. John Mack and organist Joel Kumro lead morning prayer.


Cantor Patty Vinti leads the singing for morning prayer.


Fr. Driscoll presents his keynote address to the members.


Fr. Driscoll makes a point on his topic, "Music as Mystagogy".


Kawalec Organ Scholar recital features 2013 winner, 15-year old Amelia Wroblewski.


2012 Organ Scholarship winner Lorenzo Quebral.


2010 Organ Scholarship winner Peter Gonciarz.


Gail Shepherd presents "Liturgical Principles for Choosing Music for Weddings and Funerals".


Gail leads a lively discussion on music for weddings and funerals.




Convocation 2012 Pictures


On November 9-10, 2012, Steven C. Warner presented at the CMG Convocation 2012. He is the director of the renowned University of Notre Dame Folk Choir.

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