IMF Offering Two Summer Courses

In addition to the two summer conferences, the Saint Vincent Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation will be offering two summer courses.

IMTH 761—Mission
Here and Now

This course will equip students with an understanding of the Trinitarian origin for mission, the biblical basis for mission, the sacramental impetus for mission, the church’s teaching on mission, as well as the processes for making missionary disciples. A survey of Catholic missiology in the documents of Second Vatican Council, the magisterium of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis will provide students with the theoretical knowledge to design strategies to transform existing parish processes into a missionary mode. This course will require not only learning Catholic missiology but applying it to parish life today. This course will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from July 12 to August 19.

Helene Paharik, a member of the adjunct faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary and 2007 alumnus of the Seminary will teach the course. She is completing doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

IMTH 729—Introduction
to Gregorian Chant

The ancient roots of Western Christian chant reach as far back as the liturgical gatherings of the earliest Christian communities. Two thousand years later, it continues to fascinate and inspire people everywhere. This course will explore the chant’s place in the life of the Church through the topics of chant as “sung prayer,” while giving an historical overview of chant. The relevance of chant, the musical style, chant notation and its evoition, as well as the expressive power of the word will be incuded, as will an overview of the Gregorian repertoire: cantor, celebrant, schola and assembly.

The course is open to all without previous training. It will include singing and/or listening throughout the course and may be taken for credit or for audit.

Instructor Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B. has been a professor of Gregorian Chant at numerous Catholic institutions of higher learning, including the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy “Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Saint Vincent College, Franciscan University of Steubenvilleand the Saint Gregory Institute of Sacred Music, Pittsburgh.

Father Stephen has lectured and conducted workshops on Gregorian Chant at numerous institutions, and has directed numerous Gregorian chant scholas, He conducted the Saint Vincent Men’s Schola Gregoriana in performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck in 2009 and 2012. There are numerous recordings of his work. He is presently working on English translations of several chant textbooks.

He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome.