Orlando Liturgical Conference

Change is coming. Are you prepared for the revised Roman Missal? To obtain a better understanding of the new translations in the Roman Missal, Third Edition, the Office of Liturgy of the Diocese of Orlando will offer a Liturgical Conference on the New Roman Missal, August 25-27, at the Orlando Airport Marriott.

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Change is coming. Are you prepared for the revised Roman Missal? To obtain a better understanding of the new translations in the Roman Missal, Third Edition, the Office of Liturgy of the Diocese of Orlando will offer a Liturgical Conference on the New Roman Missal, August 25-27, at the Orlando Airport Marriott.

Themed “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” the conference will benefit priests, deacons, pastoral ministers, catechumenate teams, liturgical ministers, school teachers, environment and liturgy teams as well as those involved in music ministry. 

“This is probably the best lineup of speakers in the 20-year history of the conference,” said Glenn Osborne, director of the Office of Liturgical Music. 

“With the implementation of the Roman Missal, it is a very vital topic for everyone in Church ministry. We have several national speakers who’ve written books relevant to the topic,” Osborne said. 

Speakers include Sister of the Precious Blood Joyce Ann Zimmerman of Dayton, Ohio. One of the presentations she will lead at the Orlando Liturgical Conference is titled “Celebrating Whole-Heartedly with the New Missal: Pastoral Challenges.” She will discuss challenges that will be inevitable during the implementation and how to overcome these challenges so that all can celebrate whole-heartedly this great Mystery of our faith. 

Sister Zimmerman is a nationally known liturgist and award winning author. She is the founding director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio, and is the founding editor and columnist for the publication, Liturgical Ministry. She is an adjunct professor of liturgy at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati; a liturgical consultant and past advisor to the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy. 

Father Bob Webster, director of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Liturgy will present “Unlocking the Treasure: Learning to Use and to Re-Use the Roman Missal.” 

This workshop will offer a look at the structure of the new Roman Missal, the options offered for use, and present the revised Diocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of the Eucharist which will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent. 

An important part of liturgy is the music and musicians will find the conference has a lot to offer them as well. 

“We will have a very well-known national speaker, James Jordan, for the musicians. He is well known for his workshop on group vocal production,” Osborne said. 

James Jordan is considered to be one of the most influential choral conductors and educators in the United States. He is the author of more than eighteen books covering rehearsal and teaching pedagogy, conducting technique, and the spirituality of music, as well as numerous DVDs and recordings. 

Topics for music directors include: “Conducting: Evoking Sound through Gesture,” “Praising God in Two Tongues: How to Select Appropriate Music for Spanish and Bilingual Liturgies,” and “Cantors: Teaching New Music to the Assembly.” 

This conference is held in Orlando every two years and with all the liturgical changes on the horizon, attendance this year is expected to be better than ever. Full conference, regular and onsite registration is $135. For more information and to register online, visit: www.orlandoliturgicalconference.org or call 407-246-4860.