Two California bishops played key roles in Sacred Liturgy Conference

Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone served as 'conference faculty' at event during which Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass”

Cardinal Raymond Burke blesses worshippers after Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford last month. He was there as part of a conference that focused on Gregorian chant in liturgy. About 400 participants attended. (Marc Salvatore/Catholic Sentinel)

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.”

More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15. 

The number of attendees far exceeded that of previous conferences and could be attributed to the special guests serving as conference faculty. These included Cardinal Raymond Burke, former St. Louis archbishop; Archbishop Sample; Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, California; and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

The conference, sponsored by Portland-based Schola Cantus Angelorum, focused on church history and Gregorian chant and its place in sacred liturgy. 

Conference attendees were able to attend lectures, Gregorian chant workshops and four traditional Masses celebrated by the bishops and cardinal.

Attendees came from all corners of the United States and even from Puerto Rico. Alan Aversa, who traveled to Medford from Arizona, remarked that the interactions allowed him to see how the liturgy has affected different people. “It shows that God works in mysterious ways,” Aversa said.

All four Masses celebrated for conference attendees left Sacred Heart Parish packed, with the highlight for many being the celebration of a pontifical high Mass by Cardinal Burke on Friday night. During his homily, the cardinal thanked those in attendance for their dedication to the sacred liturgy. 

“The perfection of religion is to do the simple things, such as celebrating the Mass, in a perfect manner,” he said. 

Full story at The Catholic Sentinel.

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  1. ‘descended on Sacred Heart Parish’ … ?? What happened? Navy dive bombers? Parachutists?
    Perhaps ‘gathered at’ or ‘ visited’ would fit better.

  2. Personally, I would applaud Abp, Sample too. But it’s not going to happen. A priest at my parish once told me that neither he nor any of his colleagues would be celebrating Mass in Latin, because they don’t know Latin.

    • It would surprise them to know how much Latin they already understand if they know English, Italian, Portuguese, French or Spanish.

  3. Thanks…but no thanks! I grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s attending the traditional Latin mass. I prefer the Mass in the vernacular but believe there should be freedom in the Church so that those who prefer the EO form may have access to it.

    • You really don’t know what you’re missing. Loretta Davi is right on. ( see her post below.). Attending the Extraordinary Mass is the closest I’m going to get to heaven on earth. The NO Mass is sadly lacking and with every one I attended in between attending the Tridentine Mass, it became more and more evident. I’m now ensconced in my FSSP parish and happy as a clam.

    • Georgia you can keep your N.O.

  4. John francis Siple says:

    Yes! Our liturgy is sacred, holy, and simply marvelous.

  5. Linda Maria says:

    This conference sounds like it was terrific! Glad that Abp. Cordileone could attend!

  6. Loretta Davi says:

    thank you Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Cordeieone we need to reach out to Catholics because they do not have a clue what they are missing in Faith and practice in how special the Traditional Latin Mass is for their soul, faith and the Church.

  7. This is not a negative comment on the TLM, OK? I have wondered many times why Bishops don’t encourage Priests to say the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in English? Same rituals, different languages. Something tells me they would fill the churches to overflowing. I grew up with what is now the Extraordinary Form, but I don’t want to go to a Latin Mass. Why not English?

    • Linda Maria says:

      Bob One, I asked that same question, the first day I saw the text for the Novus Ordo Missae, in 1969! Cardinal Bugnini, of course, had the answer– ecumenism. Ecumenism, and yes– the priest could say the New Mass– in Latin! But not the old Latin Mass, not in Latin nor in any other language!! Any priest could say the New Mass, in any language! But he could NOT say the old Latin Mass! Isn’t that something??

  8. St. Christopher says:

    Bishop Sample is very good. Only four immediate things need to be required (I know, I know, stop the laughing. . .). First, each seminarian must become proficient in Latin, beginning now, as directed by John XXIII in Veterum Sapientia. Second, each seminarian, beginning now, must learn everything about Traditional Catholicism, including all sacraments and how to say the Mass of All Time. Third, each parish must, on every SUN at a convenient time, have a TLM. Fourth, each parish shall have an altar rail, and communion at each Mass must be only on the tongue, and kneeling.

    Hahaha. . . Yep, its over now. Francis is just the comic relief.

  9. Bishop Sample, Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Vasa and Cardinal Burke are the leaders that will save a small kernel of the Catholic Church for future generations. We must get through the destructive Papacy of Francis. Adora et labora and stay under the radar.

  10. St. Christopher and Gratias, maybe I am wrong, but I do not think we will win friends for the Traditional Latin Mass by knocking everything Pope Francis does. Let us pray for him instead.

  11. St. Christopher says:

    You are correct, “Anne,” we should pray for the Pope (any and all). However, Francis is clearly disgusted with performing his job, and appears to understand his role as a political leader, not religious. We lay people need to say this, and to keep saying it as the sins of his corpulent, self-righteous, and heretical clergy keep appearing.

    The TLM will always be with us, a true gift from God. But now we have foolish bishops and cardinals saying that homosexuality is also a “gift” from God, so they must be attacked. No staying in the shadows.

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