2017 Orlando Liturgical Conference will explore putting “Liturgy in Action”

Charles Thatcher, director of music for the Diocese of Orlando and St. James Cathedral, directs the choir at the diocesan Chrism Mass. For Thatcher, music communicates feelings and emotions that cannot be captured in words alone. (STOCK)

The Orlando Liturgical Conference, held August 24-26 at the Orlando Airport Marriott, is committed to evangelize, inspire, form and educate diverse liturgical ministers. Liturgy in Action: Encountering Christ will focus on the art of accompaniment as it relates to encountering Christ in the liturgy. Through acclaimed keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, and inspiring liturgies, the conference will answer questions such as:

  • What does accompaniment look like as we celebrate the sacred liturgy? In the gathering of God’s people? In the person of the minister? In the Word of God proclaimed? In the sharing of the Sacred Meal of Christ’s Body and Blood?
  • What does this accompaniment look like in relation to Liturgical Ministry?
  • How does liturgy affirm and empower us to accompany each other outside of the liturgy?

Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, one of the conference keynote speakers, was recently named episcopal moderator for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, serves as a member of the committee on divine worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and previously taught liturgy and sacramental theology at the University of Dallas. He will give two presentations at the conference: Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: “Warning You May Be Changed” – Pastoral Reflections on Serving in Persona Christi and The Eucharistic Liturgy as a Paradigm for “The Art of Accompaniment”.

Other sessions will be available for ministers of every aspect of the liturgy including: clergy, liturgists, musicians, choir members, lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, hospitality ministers, arts and environment, and those responsible for RCIA.

There is a reduced early-bird registration of $155 available through July 15. Participants are encouraged to register early. One day tickets are also available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For more information and to register, visit: www.orlandoliturgicalconference.org.