Who We Are
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions was initiated by the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy (BCL) in October, 1969, after it hosted several informal meetings of the chairs and secretaries of diocesan liturgical commissions to prepare for the imminent arrival of the first English-language Roman Missal. The FDLC remains a national organization composed of members of diocesan liturgical commissions and directors of worship offices (or comparable diocesan structures) duly appointed or established by their local bishops. Its members may also include others who support the liturgical life of parishes, universities, or other Catholic institutions.
The FDLC is an association recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is listed in the Official Catholic Directory as a tax-exempt organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.
The FDLC embraces the vision of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) namely, that the Church “reveals itself most clearly” in the celebration of the liturgy… (SC 41). Hence, “zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightfully held to be a sign of the providential disposition of God in our time and as a movement of the Holy Spirit in his Church” (SC 5).
That same Constitution mandated that diocesan liturgical commissions were to be established as a means to assist and advise the local bishop in the areas of liturgy, music, and art (SC 44). Likewise, diocesan offices of worship (or comparable diocesan structures) serve and advise the local bishop. Through these commissions and offices, the FDLC remains grounded in its constitutive dioceses. Therefore, as a pastoral and professional organization, the FDLC serves as an official collaborating agent between the local Churches and the (BCDW).
Having been established by the Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States in order to be a trusted and credible voice in the work of liturgical renewal, the FDLC serves the clergy and faithful of the dioceses of the United States by providing leadership, scholarship, and resources to aid in the authentic implementation and celebration of the liturgy.
Any diocese of the United States is eligible for full-privilege membership in the FDLC through its legitimately-established diocesan liturgical commission, diocesan worship office, or comparable diocesan structure. Our members serve their local church within these structures. Associate members also serve in parishes, universities, or other Catholic institutions.
The FDLC is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of fourteen members –one person from each of the fourteen Latin-Rite regions of the USA as defined by the USCCB. The Board has the responsibility to hold the FDLC Mission in trust. It is the duty of the Board to create policies and oversee practices which address legal integrity, fiduciary responsibility, finances, sound budgeting, the protection of assets, administrative clarity, and personnel matters.
The Board, in collaboration with the Executive Director, engages in ongoing development of the vision and mission of the FDLC and establishes appropriate goals and policies. In turn, the Board delegates the Executive Director to carry out the vision, mission, values, goals, and policies of the FDLC.
The Board and the membership participate in various active committees and task groups. These are divided into four, broad categories – Governance, Pastoral Liturgy, Member Services, and Formation.