Fr. Jeremy Driscoll
Fr. Jeremy Driscoll
Parish ministers and anyone interested can attend a session this month on the upcoming liturgical changes. The workshop is set for 8:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary Cathedral.

Leader of the day will be Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll, who was a theological advisor to the bishops who worked out the new translations of Latin for English-language Masses. The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship then approved the translations, which will be used at U.S. parishes beginning with Advent 2011. 

“Our current text fails to translate the riches of the original Latin,” Father Jeremy told the Catholic Sentinel last month.

“The decision to celebrate that liturgy in vernacular languages is an obvious good when the majority of the worshipping community no longer understands Latin well,” the monk-scholar explained. “But when we think of this happening in many languages around the world, it is important for Catholic unity to strive to keep all the vernacular languages as close to the Latin original as possible. Otherwise, as the decades and generations pass, Catholics in English-speaking countries will have very different experiences of the faith than those in, say, Spanish or German or French or many other language groups.”

Each fall at St. Mary Cathedral, there is a ministry formation day. The aim is to keep liturgical ministers, catechists and social ministers fresh and up to date. Because of the many upcoming changes to the Mass, cathedral leaders decided to make those changes the focus of the day. And, because of the importance of this topic, the Liturgy Commission decided to offer the opportunity to all parishes in the archdiocese instead of keeping it as a parish event. 

The day begins with morning prayer and includes Father Jeremy’s talk, small group discussions and question-and-answer time. 

Father Jeremy has been a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel Abbey since 1973. He was ordained a priest in 1981 and in 1983 he earned doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Augustinianum Patristic Institute in Rome.  He has been teaching theology in Mount Angel Seminary and has also taught a semester each year at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. 

Father Jeremy is senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.  A collection of his studies, Theology at the Eucharistic Table was published in 2004.  In 2005 his popular book on the Eucharist, called What Happens at Mass, was published by Liturgy Training Publications. He has also published three books of poetry in addition to a recent collection of poetic essays called A Monk’s Alphabet, Moments of Stillness in a Turning World. 

In 2002 he was named as advisor to the Vox Clara Commission for the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican. In 2004 he was named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology and in 2005 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship.