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The style of church music played at Mass
is not the deciding factor for inspiring
more youth to fill the pews on Sundays,
according to an internationally acclaimed
liturgical composer in Adelaide recently.
“People often blame the style of music and
it’s not about that,” Marty Haugen told The
Southern Cross last month.
“I think young people say this is not honest
and this does not speak to me,” he said.
Mr Haugen said young people would
sing traditional songs as loudly and
passionately as modern hymns provided
they believed they and other parishioners
were living their faith with much more than
“If there is a lack of connection between
what we sing and what we do, our music
will be something other than passionate;
it can be beautiful and elegant but it won’t
He said youth from his own Uniting
Church parish in Minnesota, United
States, sang every genre of church music
enthusiastically when they connected the
hymn’s words with the parish’s community
outreach. “The most vibrant communities
are those that sing about peace and they
practice peace and they sing about the
poor while helping the poor.”
Mr Haugen is a liturgical composer,
performer and recording artist who has
been presenting workshops across the
world for the past 30 years. He has over 30
recordings, many of which are favourites
among liturgists and musicians across
the Adelaide Archdiocese’s schools and
He was in Adelaide in October presenting
a workshop on music in the liturgy to more
than 70 Catholic school music teachers,
parish liturgists, singers and musicians.
He told them to find music for their
congregations that would reflect Pope
Francis’ encyclical on the environment
and the Year of Mercy, which begins on
December 8. He said there were many
songs with references to mercy and
creation that could be used over the next
year in Church and school Masses across
He also talked about “inconvenient mercy”
– the kind of mercy that takes us outside
our comfort zone and challenges us to
reflect on what mercy means in the difficult
mission to which God calls us.
Mr Haugen was so impressed by the
Pope’s call to celebrate a Jubilee of Mercy
that he wrote the song “Be Merciful”
shortly after the announcement in April this
“I’ve really been taken by the Pope,” he
It took him one day to write the song:
“These days I don’t write for the sake of
SING ALONG: Liturgical composer, performer and recording artist Marty Haugen
in Adelaide last month with Adelaide parishioners and Catholic school music
Youth will sing praise to authentic faith
Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, visiting Adelaide
last month for a historic gathering of the
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of
Jerusalem, revealed he had never felt the
presence of the Holy Spirit as strongly as
he did during the election of Pope Francis.
“In my lifetime I have never felt the power
of the Holy Spirit as I did in those few
hours and I totally felt that Bergoglio (Pope
Francis) is the man God wanted to lead the
Church,” he said.
Cardinal O’Brien said the eight days
preceding the election of Pope Francis had
been “the most intense days of my life”.
He said the election – taken on the fifth
vote – was one of the shortest in history.
Cardinal O’Brien also was part of the papal
conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.
His candid discussion of the papal
conclave of cardinals during the March
2013 election of Pope Francis was given
during an address to 43 knights and
dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy
Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered from
across Australia and New Zealand at the
Glen Osmond Monastery on October 17
Cardinal O’Brien is the Order’s Grand
Master and travelled from Rome to lead
the first ever meeting of lieutenants,
magistral delegates and executive council
representatives from the Order’s Oceania
region which includes Australia, New
Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Guam
and South Africa.
He is the first Grand Master to have visited
Australia twice. His first visit was in 2013.
“We really want to reach out and make a
difference to the Church and the Order
throughout the Pacific,” Cardinal O’Brien
told the meeting.
Vicar General Father Philip Marshall said
the Adelaide Archdiocese was honoured to
be hosting “such a significant and historic
The two-day meeting of regional
lieutenants and the executive council
discussed the Order’s history, its present
status and future direction, and resolved to
meet more regularly.
Governor General Professor Agostino
Borromeo, the Order’s highest ranked
lay person, surprised the meeting during
his presentation on the Order’s history
by stating it was not derived from the
crusades, as has been previously thought
by academics and historians.
“We are not the descedants of the
crusaders,” he said.
Professor Borromeo said that while knights
were invested at the Holy Sepulchre in
Jerusalem and have had a presence in the
Holy Land from about 1066, the birth line
of the order as an established entity did
not begin until 1857 and under its current
name in 1868.
He said over the past 50 years the
Order has grown worldwide from 11
lieutenancies to about 67 today.
Adding to that history last month was the
significant investiture for the Australian
Lieutenancy of the first two knights from
Alice Springs – Dr Robert Dominguez and
They were invested by Cardinal O’Brien at
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on October
18 with Maureen Alcock, from the Darwin
diocese, Raymond Gangitano, from the
Adelaide diocese, and Simon Milton, from
the Brisbane diocese.
Alice Springs GP, chiropractor and
anaesthetist Dr Dominguez said: “As I’m
in a profession involved in the service
of others, something I have done now
for 30 years, it seemed to be a natural
progression to be involved in this order of
Mr Hickmott, a chartered accountant, has
been heavily involved in the Alice Springs
Catholic Parish of Central Australia since
1985 and has been the parish treasurer
since 1989. He said joining the Order was
part of “evolving and accepting a further
challenge to experience and understand
another dimension of Catholic faith”.
On the eve of the investiture Mass,
Adelaide knights Joseph Myren and Van
Tu Nguyen were promoted to knight
commanders. Mr Nguyen has helped fund
the restoration and upgrade of St Francis
Xavier’s Cathedral and Mr Myren has
helped the Order run its spiritual activities
and social functions since being invested
The mission of the Equestrian Order of
the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem includes
strengthening the faith of members,
assisting the charitable, cultural and social
works of the Catholic Church in the Holy
Land, upholding the rights of the Catholic
Church in the Holy Land, and providing
financial and technical aid in building
houses and for training and social welfare
to help reduce the number of Christians
fleeing the Holy Land.
Cardinal inspires knights and dames
MOVED BY HOLY SPIRIT: Cardinal Edwin O’Brien last month in Adelaide at the
Investiture Mass of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Photo: Tony Lewis
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
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