The Lucille M. Francesco Chair of Sacred Music
The endowed chair was established in 2018 by Dr. Jerry Francesco, in honor of his late wife Lucille, to honor her outstanding witness as patroness of the arts and beloved benefactor of the Seminary.
The purpose of the Francesco Chair is to model Sacred Music as integral to the Sacred Liturgy, sharing in the Church’s vision of giving Glory to God and Sanctification to the faithful. Along with this two-fold vision, the Church gives three essential qualities of Sacred Music: Holiness, Beauty/Goodness of Form, and Universality.
The Chair will promote Theological understanding and pastoral education with regard to Sacred Music and its use in the Church’s work of Liturgy and evangelization. Within the context of priestly formation and parish life, the Chair’s responsibilities are primarily two-fold: liturgical and pedagogical.
The seminary boasts a daily sung schedule of Sacred Music, from modern to ancient chant and choral music. The Sacred Liturgy is celebrated in English, Spanish and Latin.
“The Mission of the Chair of Sacred Music is to Promote the Church’s longstanding vision of liturgical music as the ‘Treasure of Inestimable Value’, namely the study and practice of Gregorian chant, Sacred polyphony, the esteemed Pipe Organ. The Seminary Chair of Sacred Music also has a passion for promoting new music, as well as liturgical music of all periods, ancient to modern.”
Ongoing Formation Activities
- Multiple Choirs and Scholas
- House Music and Cantor Rehearsals
- Afternoon of Sacred Music
- Community Outreach
- Christmas Choir Tour
Principles of Church Music
Applied Course in Gregorian Chant
Introduction to the Theology of Sacred Music
MUS 527/PTH 927
Singing the Mass Practicum
Advanced Study in Gregorian Chant