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Celebrated Liturgical Composer to Present St. Catherine of Siena Lecture

Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, a renowned composer of modern liturgical music, will present the annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture at Providence College on Thursday, April 18.

The lecture, titled “I Will Not Let You Go, Unless You Bless Me”: The Spiritual Journey in Catholic Imagination, is sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. It will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge.

Father Joncas is the artist in residence and fellow of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, where he is also an associate professor of Catholic studies and theology. In addition to liturgical music, he has expertise in the history and theology of worship and theological aesthetics.

A prolific liturgical composer and author, he has composed over 20 collections of liturgical music and has written three books: The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Liturgy and Sacraments (Resource Publications, 1995), Preaching the Rite of Christian Initiations (Liturgy Training Publications, 1994), and From Sacred Song to Ritual Music: Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music (Liturgical Press, 1997). His best-known hymns, including “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Take and Eat,” are sung in Catholic parishes across the United States.

Father Joncas studied at the University of Saint Thomas, the University of Notre Dame, and Pontificio Istituto Liturgico of Ateneo Sant’Anselmo.

In his talk, Father Joncas will address the way many religious traditions turn to narratives to gain insight into the development of humans’ relationship with the transcendent. The Catholic imagination does so through immersion in the biblical heritage and cultural symbol systems. Father Joncas will explore how Catholic literature, visual art, and music express and shape the spiritual journey.

The feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, a Dominican tertiary, virgin, doctor of the church, and one of the principal patrons of Europe, is observed on April 29.

The St. Catherine of Siena Lecture on Spirituality and the Frontiers of Evangelization is one of four lectures presented annually by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife, Kathleen Reilly Quinn.

— Liz F. Kay

 

 
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