Christopher Carstens

In Encountering the Words of Christ in the Mass, Christopher Carstens reflects upon the third edition of the Roman Missal, giving particular attention to the changes in the Mass texts.

Christopher Carstens holds a B.A. from the Oratory of St. Philip in Toronto, and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a M.A. (Liturgical Studies) from The Liturgical Institute. He is currently the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he serves as Coordinator of Pontifical Liturgies, liturgical coordinator for the Permanent Deacon formation program, and diocesan Director of RCIA. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Liturgical Institute and a frequent presenter in liturgical conferences and parish education. He is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and is married with four children. Mr. Carstens is one of the presenters of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice.

Todd WilliamsonIn this blog, Praying, Believing, and Living, D. Todd Williamson discusses the pastoral, spiritual, and ministerial ramifications of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal.  Todd's blog is updated every other week.

Todd Williamson is the current Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is the author of two editions of Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays:The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy (2007 and 2008, LTP) and has contributed to subsequent editions. He is also co-author of Bringing Catechesis and Liturgy Together: Let the Mystery Lead You! (2002, TwentyThird Publications), and he has written for numerous periodicals (Rite, Pastoral Liturgy, Catechumenate, and Religion Teacher's Journal).

In addition to writing, he is a teacher and national speaker in the areas of liturgy and the sacraments. He is co-host of the monthly radio program, Focus on the Liturgy, which airs on the fourth Wednesday of every month on Relevant Radio 950 AM, in the Chicagoland area.

Todd has been the director of the Office for Divine Worship for eight years. As such, he has dealt with countless pastoral situations in regards to the liturgy. It is from this unique experience that he writes in this blog: breaking open the English texts and making connections to our spiritual and ministerial lives as people of faith.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Sandra Dooley moved to Los Angeles in 1999 after 18 years in Orlando, FL. where she spent 10 years as the liturgy director of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, with emphasis in liturgy. She is an experienced church musician, religious educator and liturgist, and has been a committee member, coordinator and/or speaker at local and national conferences.

In June, 2001, Sandra joined the Office for Worship of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Associate Director. She was Director of the Office from April, 2003 through July, 2009. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) from 2004 until her return to FL in 2009.

Sandy currently serves as the director of liturgy at St. Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park, FL, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.


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Dec 1

Written by: Todd Williamson
12/1/2010 4:50 PM  RssIcon

On November 20, the staff of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago presented the first of eighteen workshops on the English Translation of The Roman Missal. We will offer a second workshop this coming week. The remainder of these regional offerings will take place from January to June 2011, all in preparation for the implementation of the English translation, which will take place in a little under a year from now—November 27, 2011.

These day-long workshops consist of four main presentations: Setting the Context for the English translation of the Third Edition of The Roman Missal; Viewing the Third Edition through the Lens of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy; Exploring the Texts of the English Translation; and Looking at Resources and Suggesting Strategies for Implementation. There is also the opportunity for questions and discussion.

The first workshop went very, very well. There were approximately forty participants, largely made up of members of parish staff. The group was engaging, and participants had their share of questions and concerns regarding the English translation. They also had their fair share of doubts.

For me, one of the most striking insights is that, by the end, the participants were more at ease with the English translation that we will be using. They weren’t as anxious as they were initially. Many expressed that from the workshop they were able to gain a perspective on the third edition of The Roman Missal that they did not previously have. Some even noted that they were more open to what we will be implementing in November of 2011.

None of this is to say that participants don’t still have concerns over some aspects of the English translation. After all, these workshops are not designed to be a “sales pitch” or a “pep rally” for the English translation. We were honest in our presentation and noted that the English translation will indeed present some challenges as we work to implement it. I think the participants were appreciative of this.

All of this just confirms an assertion that I have noted in this blog before—that a balanced perspective on the English translation is vital to its reception and implementation. Being able to see what it is, and to understand how it came to be and how it fits in with the liturgical renewal of the last 45-plus years has been tremendously helpful for those who seek to understand the context of the third edition of The Roman Missal. As noted, having a balanced perspective does not cure any and all anxieties or concerns; however, it does help people understand—and that is probably the biggest hurdle to overcome in this process of reception and implementation.



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