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5/21/2013 1:33:00 PM
Paulist composer earns doctorate
Fr. Ricky Manalo
Fr. Ricky Manalo

Father Ricky Manalo, a priest in the Paulist order, earned a doctorate in Asian-American liturgical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

Father Manalo, who served at St. Philip Neri Church as associate pastor in the early 2000s, is a composer for OCP, publisher of the Catholic Sentinel. He is currently a priest in residence at the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Calif.

Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Father Manalo received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from the Washington Theological Union. He was ordained a Paulist priest in 2000.

Father Manalo collaborated with Jesuit Father Manoling Francisco to create a collection of liturgical songs from important composers in the Philippines.

“Crafting melodies that appeal to both Asian and Western ears is a hallmark of his music,” said Erik Schumock, OCP’s music development and outreach director. “His compositions expand the repertoire of music available to serve a culturally diverse Catholic Church and are rooted in solid theology.”

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