Nearly two hundred leaders from dioceses across the United States gathered in Dallas, Texas, October 7-9, for the forty-sixth annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). Their focus was Liturgy and Ecclesiology, 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
The following documents were released following the National Meeting for the general public
Read the PRESS RELEASE from Rita Thiron, Executive Director for more information regarding the Annual Meeting.
REMARKS that Rita Thiron, Executive Director made to the membership at the beginning of the Annual Meeting.
ANALYSIS by Msgr. Paul McPartlan regarding the central role of the Eucharist in the life of the Church
ADDRESS of Bishop Edward Braxton
REMARKS from Fr. Tom Ranzino, Board Chair made to the membership at the beginning of the Annual Meeting.
ADDRESS of Msgr. John Foster, Vicar General of the Archdiocese for Military Services