Felician Sisters’ Provincial Minister Is Graduation Speaker

Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, C.S.S.F., Ph.D., will give the address and be presented with an honorary doctorate at the 178th annual commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary, set for 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Archabbey Basilica. She is the provincial minister for the Felician Sisters of North America, Our Lady of Hope Province, with headquarters in Beaver Falls.

Sister Judith is a Felician Franciscan Sister from Buffalo, New York. Her books include: Liturgical Music as Ritual Symbol: A Case Study of Jacques Berthier’s Taizé Music (Peeters, 1999), The Presence of Christ in the Gathered Assembly (Continuum 2006), and The Song of the Singing Assembly: A Theology of Christian Hymnody (GIA, 2017). Her articles and reviews have appeared in Worship, Studia Liturgica, Theological Studies, GIA Quarterly, The Hymn, Pastoral Music, Aim, and Pastoral Liturgy. She served on the editorial board of the revised New Catholic Encyclopedia (2003) and has lectured on liturgical and musical topics in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Sister Judith is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, former chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Theology at Fordham University.

Nineteen degrees will be awarded at the commencement, in addition to 13 certificates in a field of study from the Seminary’s Institute for Ministry Formation. Students are from the dioceses of Allentown, Brooklyn, Charleston, Greensburg, Hanoi, Pittsburgh and Scranton; Belmont Abbey, North Carolina and Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, local lay students and sisters, and lay students from as far as California and Spokane.