Emmaus Productions

Dr Maeve Heaney VDMF



For Such a Time As This: A Spirituality of Music


Sacred Scripture seems to suggest that music is an essential aspect of a biblically grounded spirituality: “Sing unto the lord a new song”, we are invited by the psalmist. And yet, it would appear that in this current cultural moment we inhabit, music has a particular role to play: why?  What is it about music that is so helpful to Christian faith? And why is that becoming ever more central in the “just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) we live in? This paper will propose keys to situate and answer these fundamental questions on the nature of music and the role it has to play in contemporary Christian and Catholic culture.




Maeve Louise Heaney, V.D.M.F., S.T.L., S.T.D. was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a consecrated missionary of the Institute of consecrated life, Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. Before this, she studied music.


She has worked in various countries in apostolic capacity over the years: Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia), England (Southampton and London) and Italy (Rome), both in collaboration with Diocesan initiatives and pastoral work, giving retreats and forming lay people for ministry, and the internal formation of her community. During this time, she worked extensively with music at the service of pastoral work and outreach, organizing Music and Word events and retreats with composers and musicians, as well as recording three CDs: "I Believe in You", "Stand" and "Nel Frattempo" .


She completed a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in the area of Fundamental Theology and Theological Aesthetics, where she also taught for two years, as well as at the Rome base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was the Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University, California for the academic year 2011-2012, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, while also working with faculty and students of the Music, Theatre and Dance departments. In 2013, she took up a position at Australian Catholic University as a lecturer in theology at their campus in Brisbane.


As a musician and composer, she develops her ministry and theological work together in the areas of both evangelization and liturgy. Here lies one of her strongest interests: that of bringing together both theologically and in praxis, music, theology and spirituality, at the service of lived faith and outreach to future generations provided the impetus for her recent book Music as Theology: What music says about the Word.




Marty Haugen

Dr Maeve Heaney VDNF

Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ

Marty Haugen


Thursday Keynote:

Jesus, the Face of God’s Mercy: The Challenging Vision of the Jubilee Year


Pope Francis has declared the upcoming liturgical year as a “Jubilee of Mercy.” He calls us to be merciful “just as God is merciful.” What a challenging vision! How can our worship nurture, support and inspire in us a deeper and more faithful life of mercy?


Follow Up Master Class:

Singing Mercy


This session will explore how the theme of mercy can be incorporated into Sunday Eucharistic celebrations, as well as exploring the possibility of ecumenical and inter-faith prayer services on mercy.


Saturday Keynote:

Laudato Sí: Singing the Canticle of Creation with Francis


The words of Francis of Assisi’s beautiful canticle of creation—“Praise be to you, my Lord”—open Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical on the environment. Using the words of Pope Paul VI, he calls all people on earth to a “radical change in conduct.” How can our liturgies, especially the Sacrament of the Eucharist, reflect and participate in the spirit of this encyclical? How are we bound up through the Paschal Mystery in the life of all creation?


Follow Up Master Class:

Celebrating with All of Creation


This master class will consider lectionary themes around the holiness of creation and Christian engagement in the life of the world; we will also consider how the seasons of nature in the southern hemisphere and the liturgical year can reflect the Paschal Mystery.




Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist & author. For the past 30 years, Marty has presented workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim.  He has over 40 recordings and more than 450 separate printed editions of music for worship available through GIA Publications.


A number of his published songs, including "Shepherd Me, O God," "Gather Us In" and "All Are Welcome" are well-known to many religious denominations. He has several published mass settings for Roman Catholic communities, including Mass of Creation, and several liturgical settings for Lutheran congregations, including Holden Evening Prayer and Now the Feast and Celebration.


Marty has served as an editor or consultant to a number of GIA hymnals and has been a contributor to hymnals or supplements for many denominational groups including the ELCA and ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Canada), the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Mennonite Brethren, the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Roman Catholic groups in Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Ireland.

He lives in Eagan, Minnesota in the United States. He and his wife, Linda, have two children and four grandsons.


Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ



Music, Mission and Culture: How Our Song Sends the Assembly Forth to Live What We Proclaim.


Liturgy is the place where God’s great love meets our frailty. Liturgical music plays an indispensable role in gathering a community that is meant to be hospitable, bold, inclusive and Catholic. But public prayer is never just for us alone. We are sent out to live and proclaim our faith in the real world. What does the world look like to which we are sent? What questions is the world posing to us, and how can the song of our assemblies enable us to find a voice in the world?




Fr Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest. He has degrees in arts and education, as well as a Master’s degree in theology. Fr Richard did graduate studies at the London Film School and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, has been a Visiting Professor of Communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome from 2006 – 2013, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and has been a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film & Television at UCLA. Fr Richard has served on juries at the Venice, Berlin, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and he has lectured on faith and culture all over the world.

He is the author of:

The Mystical Gaze of the Cinema: the Films of Peter Weir;

Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith;

Preaching to the Converted;

Where the Hell is God? which has gone on to become an international bestselling religious title.

Why Bother Praying? which was awarded a 2013 Excellence in Publishing Award from the US Association of Catholic Publishers

What are we waiting for? Reflections for Advent and Christmas has just been published.

What Are We Doing On Earth For Christ’s Sake? will be released in March 2015.


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