Fr. Michael Joncas online Public Lecture

Chris Janssen - Thursday, July 08, 2021


Fr. Michael Joncas presenting at APMN's conference in 2014


The ACU Centre for Liturgy will have the pleasure to host Fr J Michael Joncas in a new online public lecture to be delivered live from the US via Zoom. It is entitled “Composing for a Church at Prayerand will take place on Monday 19 July, 10 – 11.30am AEST.


This presentation will explore the theory and practice of one composer in creating liturgical music over the last half century. After distinguishing various kinds of music one might hear at worship, it will explore:

1) the texts we sing in the context of liturgical worship;
2) the music by which we sing these texts; and
3) the ritual(s) for which these sung texts are intended.


Fr Joncas will illustrate these topics with reference to his own compositions, giving insight into what factors entered into their composition and how they have been received both by worshiping communities and various critics.


More information including a link to the registration portal can be found here, on ACU's news and events page. There is a small registration fee of $10 ($5 concession) for this lecture.  



APMN Life Member receives OAM

Chris Janssen - Monday, June 14, 2021

APMN Life members Sr. Deirdre Browne (right) and Roger Heagney (middle) pictured here with Fiona Dyball at the Melbourne Conference dinner.

APMN Life members Sr. Deirdre Browne (right) and Roger Heagney (middle) pictured here with Fiona Dyball at the Melbourne Conference dinner.


Congratulations to one of APMN's life members, Sr. Deirdre Browne IBVM, who was today awarded an OAM for her service to the community through music, education and the liturgical arts.



2021 Conference Postponed

Chris Janssen - Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Pastoral musicians at keynote address in Melbourne

The APMN Conference that would normally have been scheduled for late 2021 has been postponed until late 2022. 


This is primarily driven by the uncertainty of hosting such an event while COVID-19 precautions remain so prevalent and density restrictions for venues would limit how many people could attend.


APMN Executives Reappointed to National Liturgical Music Council

Paul Mason - Thursday, January 10, 2019




The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has reappointed two APMN executives to the National Liturgical Music Council (NLMC) for three year terms commencing November 2018 and ending November 2021.


The appointments of Fiona Dyball and Paul Mason to the NLMC provide for close working relationships between the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network.




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