- Jun 3, 2020
An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a workshop on how to teach “chant camps,” in which children and teens are educated in Gregorian chant.
“In a virtuous society — that is, one whose political, social and economic institutions allow all of its members to flourish — the answer to both questions is the same. Will we be such a virtuous society?
The decision is now before us. The character of our country will be defined by our answer,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco wrote in an op-ed.
In a ceremony last week, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, saying, “In her maternal presence, Mary is there to advocate for us.”
Father Joseph Illo came to be in charge of the Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco three years ago. He has revitalized the ailing parish with his powerful commitment to traditional Catholic practices. “I was fading from the faith and now I am back,” said Mariella Zevallos, the new stewardship coordinator for the parish.
“For me, Benedict XVI is about opening the door of beauty to God to as many who want to enter by that path,” Maggie Gallagher, the new executive director for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, said. “The Mass, the liturgy and sacred music are indispensable. But encouraging a culture of Catholic art and storytelling is another closely connected goal. San Francisco’s amazingly ethnically diverse parishes provide many doors to beauty I’m excited to explore and promote.”
The eighth archbishop of San Francisco, George H. Niederauer, died on May 2 at 80. Niederauer served in San Francisco from 2006 to 2012. The archbishop supported traditional family and the right to life, defended religious freedom, and actively supported immigrant rights.