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Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community
Rev. Mark Francis, CSV
Bro. Rufino Zaragoza, OFM

Our DMMD Institute in Houston begins on Tuesday morning (July 12) during the convention and ends on Wednesday (July 13). In truth, it began last January because it’s a continuation and deeper exploration of the topic presented at this year’s Winter Colloquium by Father. Mark Francis.  He will be joined in Houston by Brother Rufino Zaragoza as they lead a stimulating discussion on the topic “Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community.”  Whether or not you were at the Colloquium, this timely topic will have much to offer all of us. 

Even if the community you serve does not yet have multiple cultural groups represented among its members, the face of the Church is changing rapidly, so this topic has important implications for all of us.  Fr. Mark, a liturgical theologian, and Bro. Rufino, a liturgical musician and composer, will help us discuss this complex issue as well as offer practical applications. 


Francis Father Mark Francis, CSV, currently serves as the president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and recently served as a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1982, obtained a master of divinity degree and a master of arts in theology from Catholic Theological Union, served for three years in Bogotá, Colombia, and earned a doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome,  in 1988.  He taught liturgy at CTU for twelve years and was a regular lecturer at the Institute for Liturgical Consultants and its Spanish language counterpart.    Brother Rufino Zaragoza, OFM, currently serves as a liturgical music consultant based in the Diocese of Orange, California.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in church music from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and a master’s in theological studies, focusing on liturgical studies, from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. Currently, Rufino spends part of each year in Southeast Asia developing English worship resources and supporting English Mass choirs in Vietnam and in the surrounding region. He has pioneered multilingual song collections in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and prepared worship resources drawing from each of those cultural traditions. Zaragoza



Our presenters collaborated on the document Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community: A Guide Toward Understanding (FDLC, 2012).  It is only 25 pages long, so participants are strongly encouraged to read it in preparation for the Institute.  It’s available directly from FDLC.


Please Note: The times for our sessions are different from what appeared in the convention brochure:

Tuesday – 9:30 – 10:45 am (not 10:30) and 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday – 11-12:45 (not noon)




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