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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

Convocation 2015 Pictures


Chapter Director Bill Fay kicks off the CMG Convocation 2015 entitled “The Song of the Singing Assembly” and introduces keynote speaker Sister Judith.


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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