A new director has been appointed for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, which is based at the seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park and was founded under the patronage of Archibishop Cordileone.
This is part of move to give the institute fresh impetus in what Catholic San Francisco describes as an intention to ‘revamp the organization to broaden its focus beyond forming ministers of sacred music and liturgy and to “reclaim the Catholic imagination,” especially through literature.’
Maggie Gallagher, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based American Principles Project, graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and has been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has written several books. She is the founder and former president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a nonprofit organization focused on research and public education on marriage and family law.
The institute will also promote the work of Benedictine Father Samuel Weber, someone well known to NLM readers, who teaches at the seminary and is known for his Gregorian chant compositions.
This is a positive development which suggests to me that there is an intention to evangelize the culture and have an impact more widely than just within the archdiocese itself.
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