The art of accompaniment

Bishop Mark Seitz, of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, recently issued a beautiful example of human accompaniment with a pastoral letter on the issue of migration. In it, he denounces “narratives that paint our border as a place of chaos, and violence”; and calls for comprehensive immigration reform.”

His keynote presentation at the Orlando Liturgical Conference: Liturgy in Action: Encountering Christ on August 24-26 also focuses on accompaniment. His presentation is entitled “The Eucharistic Liturgy as a Paradigm for “The Art of Accompaniment.”

Bishop Seitz was recently named Episcopal Moderator for the National Association for Pastoral Musicians, serves as a member of the committee on divine worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and previously taught liturgy and sacramental theology at the University of Dallas.

The mission of the conference is committed to evangelize, inspire, form and educate diverse liturgical ministers. May the conference enkindle a deeper faith and call us to action in our ministries.

Opening with Mass celebrated by Bishop Seitz, the conference begins its focus on accompaniment as it relates to encountering Christ in the liturgy.