Mercyhurst program to explain changes to new Roman Missal

When the third edition of the Roman Missal goes into use on the vigil of the first Sunday in Advent this year (Nov. 27), how ready will Catholics be for the change?

That is the question that clergy, lay liturgical and music professionals, along with the average Catholic, will ponder as they learn more about the upcoming changes to the Roman Missal during a two-pronged program at Mercyhurst College on Thursday, April 7. Explaining those changes will be Sister Joyce Ann Zimmerman, C.P.P.S., Ph.D., S.T.D., a nationally recognized liturgical theologian and founding director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry, Dayton, Ohio.

Sister will lead a presentation, “Leadership for Liturgy: Building Blocks to Help Us Implement the Third Edition of the Roman Missal,” from 2 to 4 p.m. in Mercy Heritage Room, Sullivan Hall. This program is limited to clergy and lay liturgical/music professionals. Reservations are required by March 30. Contact Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder at; or, 824-3105.

That evening at 7:30, Sister will address all interested Catholics in Walker Recital Hall for a presentation titled “Learning About and Praying Liturgy Better: An Introduction to the New Roman Missal.” That session is free and no reservations are needed.

In addition to her role as director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry, Sister Joyce Ann is the founding editor and columnist for the journal, Liturgical Ministry, and co-editor of the annual liturgical resource, Living Liturgy. She is a frequent facilitator of workshops and days of recollection on liturgy and spirituality. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Pray without Ceasing: Prayer for Morning and Evening, and is co-editor with Robin Leaver of Liturgy and Music: Lifetime Learning. Her most recent book is Silence: Everyday Living and Praying, published in 2010.

“This is a program that we feel will be worthwhile for Catholics in our diocese to understand the forthcoming changes in the liturgy more fully,” said Dr. Snyder, who heads Mercyhurst’s Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to hear the insights of such a learned theologian as Sister Joyce Ann Zimmerman.”
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