“The Church at Prayer: Faith Received, Fostered and Formed”
October 7–9, 2015
46th National Meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
Nearly 200 leaders from dioceses across the United States gathered in Dallas, Tex., October 7–9, 2015, for the 46th annual meeting of FDLC. Their focus was “The Church at Prayer: Faith Received, Fostered and Formed,” specifically the central role of the Eucharist and the role of diocesan liturgical commissions as advisors to diocesan bishops.
At the heart of the national meeting discussions were the results of a recent study conducted by the FDLC, on the state of Offices of Worship and Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in diocesan structures. It found that
- 88% of dioceses in the USA have an Office of Worship
- 54% have an active diocesan liturgical commission
- 49% have both an office and a commission.
- 46% of offices are directed by lay persons with advanced degrees in theology and liturgy
- 45% of offices are directed by clergy (who often have other pastoral duties)
- 9% are directed by religious women or men
Opening Address: Fr. Tom Ranzino, FDLC Board Chair
Opening Address: Rita Thiron, FDLC Executive Director
Plenary: “Mysterium Fidei—The Eucharist, the Church, and Vatican II,” presented by Msgr. Paul McPartlan
Plenary: “Diocesan Commissions for Liturgy, Music, and Art: Knowing the Past to Prepare for the Future,” presented by Msgr. John J.M. Foster
Address of Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship