The Frederick R. McManus Award

The delegates to the 1994 National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Saint Louis were responsible for the establishment of a national award  which would recognize an individual who or organization which has made significant contributions to furthering the liturgical renewal in the United States. 

Subsequently, at its annual meeting in January 1995, the Board of Directors voted to name the award after Monsignor Frederick R. McManus and to designate him as its first recipient. Msgr. McManus (1923-2005) served as a peritus at the Second Vatican Council and drafted significant portions of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  He served several terms as the President of the Liturgical Conference and was instrumental in establishing the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.  He served as the Dean of the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America and was a leader in promoting dialogue with Orthodox Christians.  

Since establishing the award, the FDLC has presented it to the following:

2019 - Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB

2018 - National Association of Pastoral Musicians

2017 - The Liturgical Press

2016 - Rev. Jan Michael Joncas

2015 - Sr. Joyce Anne Zimmerman, CPPS

2014 - Msgr. Kevin Irwin

2013 - Rev. Paul Turner

2012 - Rev. Msgr. Anthony Sherman

2011 - Dom Anscar Chupungco, OSB

2010 - Ms. Mary Frances Reza

2009 - Rev. R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB

2008 - Dr. Richard Proulx

2007 - Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert Taft

2006 - Dr. Nathan D. Mitchell

2005 - Mr. Robert E. Rambusch

2004 - Sr. Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ

2003 - Most Rev. Donald Trautman

2001 - Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk

2000 - Liturgy Training Publications (Chicago, IL)

1999 - Rev. Aidan Joseph Kavanagh, OSB

1998 - Ms. Ade Bethune

1997 - Dr. John R. Page

1996 - Rev. Godfrey Diekmann, OSB

1995 - Rev. Msgr. Frederick R. McManus