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Prof. William P. Mahrt, Frank La Rocca, Richard Sparks +Cordilone PLUS a mini-Tantum Ergo festival by 3 living Catholic composers PLUS...

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We've prayed together for the souls of the homeless who died on the streets of San Francisco and beyond through Frank La Rocca's magnificent new Requiem Mass celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone and the magnificent Benedict Sixteen Choir, conducted by Richard Sparks.

What next? The After-Conference.

*Prof. William Mahrt, Frank La Rocca, Richard Sparks, and Archbishop Cordileone reflect on the new Requiem Mass for the Homeless.

*James Matthew Wilson, poet-in-residence, created the new Litany for the Homeless. Bernadette Carstensen, painter-in-residence, created the beautiful new "Patron Saints of the Homeless" shrine. Together they discuss the calling of the Catholic artist. Together they speak about building the Catholic renaissance with Benedict XVI Institute's executive director Maggie Gallagher.

*"Beauty and Human Dignity," a talk by Anthony Lilles, academic dean of St. Patrick's Seminary.

*A Tantum Ergo festival: Three works by three living Catholic composers including one newly commissioned from Robert Chastain for the Benedict XVI Institute. Come and be bathed in the sacred beauty, our latest contribution to the Eucharistic revival project. Hear Frank La Rocca, Kevin Allen, and Robert Chastain on composing for the Real Presence.

BONUS After Hours event: Composer Mark Nowakowski on scoring the film "Mass of the Ages."

Followed Sunday morning November 7 by:

* a working group of living Catholic composers discussing how to create a better pipeline to parishes for living Catholic artists.

4 pm November 6 at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park. Registration required.

Requiem Mass for the Homeless and Conference (November 6-7, 2021)

Program: November 6, 2021. San Francisco

10 a.m. Requiem Mass for the Homeless

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, celebrant. Frank La Rocca, composer. Richard Sparks conducts the Benedict Sixteen Choir and Orchestra. Together we pay respects to all who die on the streets and to the equal dignity of every human being

11:15 a.m. Litany for the Patron Saints of the Homeless and Procession to St. Anthony's Dining Hall.

Archbishop Cordileone lights a candle before the new Shrine to the Patron Saints of the Homeless; He leads us in procession from the Cathedral to St. Anthony's Dining Hall in the Tenderloin, chanting the new Litany to the Patron Saints of the Homeless (composed by Benedict XVI Institute's poet-in-residence James Matthew Wilson.)

12:00 p.m. Break bread together, hospitality by St. Anthony's Foundation and Dining Hall

4 p.m. The After-Conference at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park.

Welcome: Maggie Gallagher and Archbishop Cordileone

4:15 p.m. Reflections on the Requiem Mass for the Homeless

Conversation with Frank La Rocca, Conductor Richard Sparks, Stanford Prof. William P. Mahrt, and Archbishop Cordileone.

Q and A with conference participants

5:30 p.m. Widen the conversation: James Matthew Wilson and Bernadette Carstensen join to share their artistic perspectives on creating sacred art with Archbishop Cordileone and the Benedict XVI Institute.

6 p.m. Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres/ Dr. Anthony Lilles "Beauty and Human Dignity"

7:30 p.m. Three Tantum Ergos by 3 Living Catholic Composers in St. Patrick Seminary Chapel, Archbishop's Schola, directed by Rebekah Wu.

Featuring a newly commissioned work by Robert Chastain and works by Frank La Rocca and composer Kevin Allen. Talkback with composers Frank La Rocca and Robert "Bobby" Chastain.

8:30 p.m. Conference ends

After Hours: Conversations with Mark Nowakowski on scoring the film "Mass of the Ages"

Sunday, November 7 Working Group for Composers, musicians, singers and Music Directors only

9 a.m. Mass in Seminary Chapel with the Seminarians

10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Small working group for composers, musicians, and music directors. How do we build a pipeline for living Catholic artists to parishes?

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