I leave on Sunday for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the convening of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. On Monday, July 23 at 2:30pm, I will be delivering the keynote address to open the five day convention. The title of my talk is, “The Universal Call to Holiness.” The convention will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. There will be approximately 3,000 people attending the gathering from around the United States. Even though I am not a musician, my context at this conference is connecting sacraments and service. I will speak of our experiences here at the parish and how the Eucharist calls us and challenges us into service among the marginalized. My talk will be published at some point after the conference.
The following day, I will be offering a workshop for clergy on the spirituality of the new Roman Missal and priestly identity and mission. This workshop will take place at 3:30pm until 4: 45pm.
This is a rare opportunity for me to be a keynote speaker. I am deeply humbled by this invitation and I will write about the experiences next week. Pray for my ability to translate my experiences of our community of prayer and service so that others may benefit.