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.