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The Annual Hesburgh Lecture is being co-sponsored by The Notre Dame Club of Buffalo & WNY and The Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo . This year’s Hesburgh Lecture will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.

The presenter will be Rev. Michael S. Driscoll, PhD, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame and the founding director of the Master’s Program in Sacred Music. His presentation is entitled: “Music as Mystagogy: Catechizing Through the Sacred Arts”. His lecture will consider the role of music, as well as the other sacred arts, in forming our Christian beliefs. How do the liturgical arts impart that deep-felt knowledge of head and heart and faith, the knowledge that nurtures whole human persons and inspires a knowing from the inside out?

Fr. Driscoll received his doctorate from the University of Paris. His scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology. Driscoll has published a book entitled Alcuin et la penitence a l’epoque carolingienne, LFQ 81 (Munster: Aschendorff Verlag, 1999) and numerous articles in journals such as Worship, Ecclesia Orans, and Traditio. He has served for many years as convener of the study group in Medieval Liturgy for the North American Academy of Liturgy, of which he was president (2002-03). He also is a member of the international ecumenical association, Societas Liturgica, to which he was elected a member of the executive council (2002-08). Fr. Driscoll has served as an advisor to the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, a standing committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Recently, he was elected an officer and president-elect of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy (2010-12).

The Hesburgh Lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

However, it is also part of the larger the 24th Annual Convocation of The Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo, which begins on Friday, October 11 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM and continues from 8:00 to 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 12.

Submitted by:  Paul Sauer, PhD, professor, marketing