Keynote: Living, Praying, and Believing Eucharistically 

Presented by: Tony Alonso
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9:30 am - 10:30 am

For many decades, we have expanded our understanding of the relationship between liturgybelief, and daily living. But in separating these categories out for reflection, we often create stark divisions between them that miss their porousness in the practice of everyday life. This keynote will explore the fluid relationship between liturgy, belief, and daily living, rooting us in a theology that sees all of life as holy and points us toward what it means to live eucharistically. 

About Tony Alonso:

Tony Alonso is a composer and theologian whose work responds to the diverse needs of the contemporary church. A Cuban-American Roman Catholic, his compositions embrace multicultural musical expressions and reflect a commitment to strong ritual song. Tony’s music appears in compilations and hymnals across Christian denominations throughout the world. In 2015, this work was recognized with an invitation to compose the responsorial psalm for the first Mass Pope Francis celebrated in the United States.

Tony's scholarly work lies at the intersection of liturgical theology, sacramental theology, ecclesiology and cultural studies. He has presented at scholarly and pastoral conferences and events across North America and Europe. He has also authored several books and articles on liturgy and liturgical music. Tony holds a Bachelor of Music in choral conducting from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in theology from Loyola Marymount University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.

Keynote: Proclaiming the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes, and Heart of a Woman

Presented by: Sr. Barbara Reid
Monday, June 12, 2017
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

A presentation on how the language and images used in proclaiming the Scriptures and breaking open the Word impacts the daily lives of women and men as we work together for justice.

About Sr. Barbara Reid:

Professor of New Testament Studies
Vice President and Academic Dean

M.A., Aquinas College; Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Barbara E. Reid, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She holds a Masters from Aquinas College in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She is the author of Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year B (Liturgical Press, 2011; Year C, 2012, Year A, 2013), Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes (Fortress Press, 2007; Spanish translation: Reconsiderar la Cruz, Editorial Verbo Divino, 2009), The Gospel According to Matthew. New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2005), Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999, 2000, 2001; Spanish translation: Las Parábolas: Predicándolas y Viviéndolas (Ciclo A, B, 2008, 2009), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press, 1996), A Retreat With St. Luke (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000), and many journal articles.  Her latest book is Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures (Eerdman’s Press, 2016). She is General Editor for Wisdom Commentary Series, a new 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible (Liturgical Press). Her introduction to the series can be downloaded for free at www.wisdomcommentary.org.

Essential Vocal Skills for Church Choir members

Presented by: Dan Keeley

Breakout Session II
Monday, June 12, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

So, you’ve been thinking about joining your parish choir.  Have you also thought about what basic skills you might need to participate in the music ministry?  We will incorporate strategies for building those skills that choir directors aspire for each choir member to possess.  Start warming up!

About Dan Keeley:

Dan Keeley (a native of Roanoke) is a singer, songwriter, composer and teacher, who is one of Bob and Nina Keeley’s 15 children.  He has been the music minister at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke for the past 24 years where he directs three choirs, composes and arranges.  Dan and his wife Donna have been married for 25 years and have three children: Brian, Laura and Kate.

Dan attended Roanoke Catholic School and his degrees include a BA from Roanoke College and an MA from Radford University in vocal performance.  Dan has also taught music locally at several schools in the valley.  Dan also completed the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Cantor Collegiate Certification in 2014 which certifies a musician’s advanced skills for serving as cantor and psalmist of the liturgy and an understanding of a spirituality of ministry.

 

Obstacles to Full, Conscious, Active Participation

Presented by: Tony Alonso

Breakout Session II
Monday, June 12, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Why does the “full, conscious and active participation” envisioned by the council seem so illusive in many Roman Catholic parishes across the country even fifty years later? This workshop will explore a series of challenges, liturgical, pastoral and cultural, which may inhibit rather than encourage the sung prayer of the liturgical assembly.

About Tony Alonso:

Tony Alonso is a composer and theologian whose work responds to the diverse needs of the contemporary church. A Cuban-American Roman Catholic, his compositions embrace multicultural musical expressions and reflect a commitment to strong ritual song. Tony’s music appears in compilations and hymnals across Christian denominations throughout the world. In 2015, this work was recognized with an invitation to compose the responsorial psalm for the first Mass Pope Francis celebrated in the United States.

Tony's scholarly work lies at the intersection of liturgical theology, sacramental theology, ecclesiology and cultural studies. He has presented at scholarly and pastoral conferences and events across North America and Europe. He has also authored several books and articles on liturgy and liturgical music. Tony holds a Bachelor of Music in choral conducting from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in theology from Loyola Marymount University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.

Devotions, Daily Prayer & Doing Justice

Presented by: Michael Renninger

Breakout Session II
Monday, June 12, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The call to a more just and moral way of life is rooted in the celebration of the Eucharist, but the Mass is not the only public prayer of the Church where this connection between liturgy and life is made manifest. If we look carefully at the other forms of public prayer in our tradition, we may be surprised to discover how the 'call to justice' is present in the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,  and even the funeral rites. In this session, Fr. Renninger will explore how these aspects of the Church's liturgical life enrich our understanding of prayer, justice and the call to integrated living.

 

The Altar, the Streets, the Soul: Eucharistic Catechesis from the Edges

Presented by Steve DeLaney:

Breakout Session II
Monday, June 12, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

What resources can we bring from our lives and culture to help us, and others, better approach the gift of the Eucharist? A Jewish parable tells the story of a king who finds a lost precious pearl with the light of a candle worth only a penny. Sometimes it is experiences at the edges of our lives, the mundane or the painful, which can open us to the real presence of Christ in a new way. Using insights gained from his ministry as a jail chaplain to youth in Chicago, teaching theology in high school, and the wisdom of poets and storytellers, Steve DeLaney will lead a conversation about how the Catholic theology of “real presence” can infiltrate our day to day lives, empower us to serve others, lead us to a deeper experience of Christ in the Eucharist. He will also offer practical resources and lessons that can be used for catechesis in the parish and school.

About Steve DeLaney:

Steve serves as the point person for Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He has worked in ministry with young people for the past 20 years - in outdoor education, jail ministry, and most recently as a high school teacher and campus minister. He has a M.A. in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and has extensive experience in retreats, restorative justice, sustainability, storytelling and poetry. He lives with his wife, Allison, and two sons in Williamsburg, VA.

Pope Francis on Ecology and Liturgy

Presented by Msgr. Kevin Irwin:

Breakout Session II
Monday, June 12, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Pope Francis is a man on a mission.  One mission is to awaken us all to the issues of ecology and environment in a world that he described as "Our CommonHome." In his 2015 encyclical LAUDATO SI he linked environment with liturgy and sacraments. This session will help to unpack what he means and will draw out implications for our lives.

About Msgr. Kevin Irwin:

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Serving on The Catholic University of America faculty for over thirty years, Msgr. Irwin held the Walter J. Schmitz, Chair of Liturgical Studies from 2000-2015, served as the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies from 2005-2011, and currently holds the position of Ordinary Research Professor.

Msgr. Irwin is the author of eighteen books on liturgy and sacraments, including Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality (Paulist, 1984), the three volume commentary on the liturgical seasons entitled, Advent-Christmas, Lent and Easter: A Guide to Eucharist and Hours (Pueblo/Liturgical Press,1985-1991), Liturgical Theology: A Primer (Liturgical Press, 1990), Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology (Liturgical Press, 1994), and a work co-edited with Dr. Edmund Pellgrino entitled Preserving the Creation: Environmental Theology and Ethics with Dr. Edmund Pellegrino (Georgetown Univ. Press, 1994), which last publication contains Msgr. Irwin’s own contribution on the sacramentality of creation and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments. Msgr. Irwin’s most recent books have been published by Paulist Press and include Models of the Eucharist (2005), the 2012 revision of 101 Questions on the Mass (orig. 1999), Serving the Body of Christ: The Magisterium on Eucharist and Ordained Priesthood (2013), What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II (2014, awarded second place by the Catholic Press Association), and the (text)book Sacraments: History and Theology (2016).

Msgr. Irwin's most recent book will be published in December by the Paulist Press entitled: A Commentary on Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home, Background, Contributions, Implementation and Beyond.

At present he is working on the revision of his 1994 book from The Liturgical Press, entitlted Context and Text. Method in Liturgical Theology. 

Msgr. Irwin’s other main research and publishing interests are on the principles of mediation and sacramentality and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments. His work on creation and sacramentality in the past decade involves participation in the USCCB’s annual scholars’ conferences on ecology, the environment, and climate change, where he delivered major papers entitled “The World as God's Icon: Creation, Sacramentality and Liturgy” (1997) and “God’s Icon: Creation, Liturgy, and Spirituality” (2012, subsequently published in Environmental Justice and Climate Change, ed. J. Schaefer and T. Winwright, Lexington Books, 2013). His research in this area has also led to his current commentary work on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (Paulist Press, forthcoming).

Among his over seventy articles, Msgr. Irwin is the author of the major articles on “Sacramental Theology” for the revised edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia, on "Sacrament" for the New Dictionary of Theology, on "Liturgical Theology" for the New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship, and on "Liturgy" for the New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality; his contributions to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement, Vol. 18, include the articles on "Sacramental Theology" and "Eucharistic Theology." He is also the author of approximately ninety reviews in such journals as Worship, The Thomist, Pastoral Music, Eglise et théologie, La Maison Dieu, American Benedictine Review, Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Liturgical Ministry, The Jurist, New Theology Review, Studia Liturgica, American Catholic Historical Review, and La Maison Dieu. In 2014, he was named Associate Editor of Ecclesia Orans.

Msgr. Irwin has served as an Advisor to the United States Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship since November 2004, a role he also held in the 1990’s. His recent work for the committee includes the statement Stewards of the Tradition—Fifty Years After Sacrosanctum Concilium, issued by the USCCB in 2013. He served for a decade as an Advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Permanent Diaconate. In November 2006, Msgr. Irwin was named to the international committee (under the sponsorship of Bishop Arthur Roache, Chair of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy) charged with writing and producing an interactive DVD entitled Become One Body One Spirit in Christ on the theology, spirituality, and history of the Mass to accompany the publication of the revised English language translation of The Roman Missal. 

Msgr. Irwin is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. In 2012 he received the Jubilate Deo award from the National Association for Pastoral Musicians, and in 2014 he was awarded the McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.

Over the past decade Msgr. Irwin has presented addresses and papers to international academic gatherings. He gave the major address on sacramentality at his alma mater, the Benedictine University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome (May 2007), and most recently he gave a lecture on “The Theological Keys of Sacrosanctum Concilium” at the Symposium on Sacrosanctum Concilium sponsored by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and held at the Lateran University in Rome (18-22 February 2014).

In addition to his international presentations, Msgr. Irwin has presented to numerous national audiences, including over forty-five dioceses in the United States. Such presentations include his 2009 lecture at The Catholic University of America entitled “Which Liturgy is the Church’s Liturgy?” (published in Origins), the NOCERCC keynote address “Priestly Sanctification and Ministerial Spirituality” in San Jose, CA (2010), the lecture “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium” for the Mundelein lectures of the Archdiocese of Chicago (2010, published in Chicago Studies), the main address for the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame entitled “The Mystery of the Incarnation: Advent-Christmas-Epiphany” (2010), the presentations “From the Missale Romanum to the Sacramentary for Mass to The Roman Missal” and "What We Pray, What We Believe, How We Live" at Youngstown, OH (2011), the lecture “What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: Toward a New Liturgical Movement” at The Catholic University of America (2011),  and the presentations “What, Then, Is the Liturgy?” at Conception Abbey (2014) and “Seminary Curriculum and the Benedictine Charism” at Mt. Angel Abbey (2015).

In addition to his academic work, Msgr. Irwin regularly celebrates Mass and preaches at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C. and at the Church of Saint Bridget in Richmond, VA. In spring 2013 Msgr. Irwin taught in the CUAbroad program in Rome and, while there, was a regular commentator on CNN and other media outlets on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. His eighteen blog entries about the conclave can be found on the CUA website here.

Keynote: Beyond the Boundaries: Interrelating Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices

Presented by: Ricky Manalo

Today’s Catholics embrace many different sociocultural backgrounds and perform various worship practices that move beyond Sunday Eucharist. Some pray the rosary every day, while others perform works of social justice, search for God in AA meetings, or post pictures of God's presence on Facebook. This plenum will consider how we might rethink the relationship between Sunday Eucharist and our everyday practices of lived religion.

About Ricky Manalo:

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest currently teaching at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.  He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.  His music is published by Oregon Catholic Press.  Some of his best known hymns include: Beyond the Day, With One Voice, Worthy Is the Lamb, and Mass of Spirit and Grace.  Fr. Manalo is also known for pioneering and popularizing Asian American Catholic liturgical music in the United States with his hymns, Many and Great and By the Waking of Our Hearts.  His music has been sung during the Papal Masses of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.  He has written numerous articles and books on pastoral ministry, liturgical music, and intercultural communication.  His book, The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices (Liturgical Press, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards by the Association of Catholic Publishers.   He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Secretariat on Divine Worship.  When he is not traveling throughout the United States, he resides at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.

Small, Parish, Tiny Choir, NO Problem!

Presented by: Melanie Coddington

Breakout session 1
Monday, June 12, 2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Consistency and flexibility are key to effective music ministry with a handful of folks.  Explore strategies to maximize the impact of the dedicated few AND attract others to join them.

About Melanie Coddington:

In thirty-plus years as a cantor, serving parishes, teaching the craft in workshop settings, and writing (currently for OCP’s Today’s Liturgy), Melanie Coddington has shaped the ministry of thousands of cantors. She serves as Regional Minister for Christian Formation for the Diocese of Richmond.

From Singing the Magnificat to Being and Acting Justly

Presented by Sr. Barbara Reid

Breakout Session 1
Monday June 12, 2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

An exploration of Mary's canticle (Luke 1:46-55) as a prophetic proclamation for God's dream for justice for all - not only to be sung and prayed, but enacted daily.

About Sr. Barbara Reid:

Professor of New Testament Studies
Vice President and Academic Dean
M.A., Aquinas College; Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Barbara E. Reid, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She holds a Masters from Aquinas College in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She is the author of Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year B (Liturgical Press, 2011; Year C, 2012, Year A, 2013), Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes (Fortress Press, 2007; Spanish translation: Reconsiderar la Cruz, Editorial Verbo Divino, 2009), The Gospel According to Matthew. New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2005), Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999, 2000, 2001; Spanish translation: Las Parábolas: Predicándolas y Viviéndolas (Ciclo A, B, 2008, 2009), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press, 1996), A Retreat With St. Luke (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000), and many journal articles.  Her latest book is Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures (Eerdman’s Press, 2016). She is General Editor for Wisdom Commentary Series, a new 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible (Liturgical Press). Her introduction to the series can be downloaded for free at www.wisdomcommentary.org.

Do You See What I See?: Intercultural Lenses for Approaching Music Ministry Today

Presented by Rev. Ricky Manalo

Breakout Session 1
Monday June 12, 2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

In our quest to balance unity and diversity between and among all cultural groups, more recent tools have emerged from the area of intercultural competence. This workshop will consider three cultural lenses - the single cultural lens, the multicultural lens, and the intercultural lens - that could be applied to liturgical music ministry. Topics of interests will include: parameters for interacting with other cultural groups; leadership styles for intercultural music ministry; and the best pastoral approach for promoting ecclesial integration and inclusion. 

About Rev. Ricky Manalo:

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest currently teaching at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.  He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.  His music is published by Oregon Catholic Press.  Some of his best known hymns include: Beyond the Day, With One Voice, Worthy Is the Lamb, and Mass of Spirit and Grace.  Fr. Manalo is also known for pioneering and popularizing Asian American Catholic liturgical music in the United States with his hymns, Many and Great and By the Waking of Our Hearts.  His music has been sung during the Papal Masses of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.  He has written numerous articles and books on pastoral ministry, liturgical music, and intercultural communication.  His book, The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices (Liturgical Press, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards by the Association of Catholic Publishers.   He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Secretariat on Divine Worship.  When he is not traveling throughout the United States, he resides at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.

Living Discipleship:“The baptismal catechumenate is the source of inspiration of all catechesis”

Presented by Katie McMaster

Breakout Session 1
Monday June 12, 2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Building upon the foundational principles for the Period of the Catechumenate, Living Discipleship will look at six approaches to drawing the catechumens and candidates for full communion into a deeper relationship with Jesus and His church.

Realizing our own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission, received when we ourselves were baptized "into Christ," we will be challenged to stretch beyond the typical approach of transmitting information.  We will explore new ways of engaging persons on their unique journeys, so that each one may discover the joy of friendship with Jesus and the rich quality of life lived according to God’s plan.

 

Keynote: God’s Holy Mountain We Ascend — But the Descent is Treacherous

Presented by: Msgr. Kevin Irwin

Liturgy always involves the combination of celebration and living a life that reflects what we celebrate. This presentation will consider how life and liturgy relate — or should.

About Msgr. Kevin Irwin:

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Serving on The Catholic University of America faculty for over thirty years, Msgr. Irwin held the Walter J. Schmitz, Chair of Liturgical Studies from 2000-2015, served as the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies from 2005-2011, and currently holds the position of Ordinary Research Professor.

Msgr. Irwin is the author of eighteen books on liturgy and sacraments, including Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality (Paulist, 1984), the three volume commentary on the liturgical seasons entitled, Advent-Christmas, Lent and Easter: A Guide to Eucharist and Hours (Pueblo/Liturgical Press,1985-1991), Liturgical Theology: A Primer (Liturgical Press, 1990), Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology (Liturgical Press, 1994), and a work co-edited with Dr. Edmund Pellgrino entitled Preserving the Creation: Environmental Theology and Ethics with Dr. Edmund Pellegrino (Georgetown Univ. Press, 1994), which last publication contains Msgr. Irwin’s own contribution on the sacramentality of creation and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments. Msgr. Irwin’s most recent books have been published by Paulist Press and include Models of the Eucharist (2005), the 2012 revision of 101 Questions on the Mass (orig. 1999), Serving the Body of Christ: The Magisterium on Eucharist and Ordained Priesthood (2013), What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II (2014, awarded second place by the Catholic Press Association), and the (text)book Sacraments: History and Theology (2016).

Msgr. Irwin's most recent book will be published in December by the Paulist Press entitled: A Commentary on Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home, Background, Contributions, Implementation and Beyond.

At present he is working on the revision of his 1994 book from The Liturgical Press, entitlted Context and Text. Method in Liturgical Theology. 

Msgr. Irwin’s other main research and publishing interests are on the principles of mediation and sacramentality and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments. His work on creation and sacramentality in the past decade involves participation in the USCCB’s annual scholars’ conferences on ecology, the environment, and climate change, where he delivered major papers entitled “The World as God's Icon: Creation, Sacramentality and Liturgy” (1997) and “God’s Icon: Creation, Liturgy, and Spirituality” (2012, subsequently published in Environmental Justice and Climate Change, ed. J. Schaefer and T. Winwright, Lexington Books, 2013). His research in this area has also led to his current commentary work on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (Paulist Press, forthcoming).

Among his over seventy articles, Msgr. Irwin is the author of the major articles on “Sacramental Theology” for the revised edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia, on "Sacrament" for the New Dictionary of Theology, on "Liturgical Theology" for the New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship, and on "Liturgy" for the New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality; his contributions to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement, Vol. 18, include the articles on "Sacramental Theology" and "Eucharistic Theology." He is also the author of approximately ninety reviews in such journals as Worship, The Thomist, Pastoral Music, Eglise et théologie, La Maison Dieu, American Benedictine Review, Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Liturgical Ministry, The Jurist, New Theology Review, Studia Liturgica, American Catholic Historical Review, and La Maison Dieu. In 2014, he was named Associate Editor of Ecclesia Orans.

Msgr. Irwin has served as an Advisor to the United States Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship since November 2004, a role he also held in the 1990’s. His recent work for the committee includes the statement Stewards of the Tradition—Fifty Years After Sacrosanctum Concilium, issued by the USCCB in 2013. He served for a decade as an Advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Permanent Diaconate. In November 2006, Msgr. Irwin was named to the international committee (under the sponsorship of Bishop Arthur Roache, Chair of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy) charged with writing and producing an interactive DVD entitled Become One Body One Spirit in Christ on the theology, spirituality, and history of the Mass to accompany the publication of the revised English language translation of The Roman Missal. 

Msgr. Irwin is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. In 2012 he received the Jubilate Deo award from the National Association for Pastoral Musicians, and in 2014 he was awarded the McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.

Over the past decade Msgr. Irwin has presented addresses and papers to international academic gatherings. He gave the major address on sacramentality at his alma mater, the Benedictine University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome (May 2007), and most recently he gave a lecture on “The Theological Keys of Sacrosanctum Concilium” at the Symposium on Sacrosanctum Concilium sponsored by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and held at the Lateran University in Rome (18-22 February 2014).

In addition to his international presentations, Msgr. Irwin has presented to numerous national audiences, including over forty-five dioceses in the United States. Such presentations include his 2009 lecture at The Catholic University of America entitled “Which Liturgy is the Church’s Liturgy?” (published in Origins), the NOCERCC keynote address “Priestly Sanctification and Ministerial Spirituality” in San Jose, CA (2010), the lecture “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium” for the Mundelein lectures of the Archdiocese of Chicago (2010, published in Chicago Studies), the main address for the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame entitled “The Mystery of the Incarnation: Advent-Christmas-Epiphany” (2010), the presentations “From the Missale Romanum to the Sacramentary for Mass to The Roman Missal” and "What We Pray, What We Believe, How We Live" at Youngstown, OH (2011), the lecture “What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: Toward a New Liturgical Movement” at The Catholic University of America (2011),  and the presentations “What, Then, Is the Liturgy?” at Conception Abbey (2014) and “Seminary Curriculum and the Benedictine Charism” at Mt. Angel Abbey (2015).

In addition to his academic work, Msgr. Irwin regularly celebrates Mass and preaches at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C. and at the Church of Saint Bridget in Richmond, VA. In spring 2013 Msgr. Irwin taught in the CUAbroad program in Rome and, while there, was a regular commentator on CNN and other media outlets on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. His eighteen blog entries about the conclave can be found on the CUA website here.