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Master Class: The Art of Liturgy

Coming soon!

Preaching | Music | Spirituality

An online intensive for those seeking to become more effective ministers. The Art of Liturgy provides in-depth professional and spiritual development for clergy preachers, choir and music directors, and catechetical leaders, to equip them for liturgical leadership that changes lives. 

Master Instructors

Fr. Michael Renninger

Robert Feduccia

Robert Feduccia

Angela Westhoff-Johnson

Course Description

The Art of Liturgy

“And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12

EQSaints exists to equip the people of God for the work of ministry, especially within the parish. In every parish, the Holy Spirit has poured out all of the charisms needed for the parish to fulfill the Church’s mission of evangelization, to worship in spirit and in truth, and to form the hearts and minds of the faithful.

EQSaints is providing an online intensive for those seeking to deepen their skills at crafting effective liturgy. Led by experienced and well-respected ministers Fr. Michael Renninger, Robert Feduccia, and Angela Westhoff-Johnson, this multi-day session is designed for preachers, musical leaders, and catechesists to obtain new tools and grow in their ministry.

The first session of each day will consist of an opening plenary presentation from two of the master instructors, addressing a vision of worship that lies beyond the pandemic.

In the second session, participants will divide into smaller groups of 10 according to area of interest:

Preaching in Liturgy

Lead Instructor: Fr. Michael Renninger

Who should attend:

Priests and deacons looking to hone and deepen their preaching skills.

Music for Worship

Lead Instructor: Angela Westhoff-Johnson

Who should attend:

Music directors, choir directors, and musicians seeking to strengthen their music program and improve participation in their congregation.

Liturgical Catechesis

Lead Instructor: Robert Feduccia

Who should attend:

Catechists and Directors of Religious Education (DREs) who want to deepen the spirituality of their parish and its members.

All areas of interest will include an individual project designed to cement the tools and skills acquired over the course of the week. 

On the final day rather than a plenary session, participants will present their project work to their group, receiving feedback from instructors and peers.

As this is a working masterclass, participants should come prepared with actual parish situations that are in need of attention and design.

All Participants Will Receive

  • Intensive small-group work with Master Instructors 
  • Encouragement in your field of ministry
  • Skills in crafting life-changing worship
  • Spiritual formation
  • Tools to become a more effective preacher
  • Instruction for excellent musical leadership
  • Free musical resources from Oregon Catholic Press
  • Insights for engaging congregations in the Eucharist

Meet Your Master Instructors

Fr. Michael Renninger

Fr. Michael Renninger

Father Michael A. Renninger is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he studied piano, voice and guitar while in high school. He attended Ursinus College (PA), where he received degrees in Philosophy and Music History. He later attended The Catholic University of America, where he received graduate degrees in Theology and Liturgy. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1993, and has served as Vicar for Vocations and Rector of the Cathedral.

He currently serves as pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Richmond. He travels extensively to preach in a variety of ecumenical settings, including the 2016 Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta. In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Renninger presents vocal recitals around the country, and has been a soloist with the Richmond Symphony. He has published articles on liturgy, prayer and spirituality, and is featured in a series of DVD’s focused on the teachings of Pope Francis. Fr. Mike enjoys jogging, Oreo cookies and Elvis.

Robert Feduccia

Robert Feduccia

Lead script writer and co-program director for the National Catholic Youth Conference and the evangelistic event for middle schoolers entitled “Holy Fire”. Robert Feduccia brings together music, art, and effectively crafted messages to create events that transform lives. He was the founding director of the One Bread, One Cup youth liturgy conferences and was the lead writer on a current youth ministry document on evangelization. Having served as a parish youth ministry, Robert remains active in youth ministry and catechesis in his home parish as he writes catechetical sessions and bible studies for their use. He is also a popular speaker for diocesan and parish events as he draws from his own spirituality and his graduate degree in theology.

 

Angela Westhoff-Johnson

Angela Westhoff-Johnson

Angela Westhoff-Johnson has honed her skills as a choral conductor and workshop presenter over the last 23 years. Aside from serving as the Director of Product Development at OCP, she is also an engaging subject matter expert in many of OCP’s educational webinars.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, she continued her studies at the University of Oregon. There she received master’s degrees in vocal music performance and choral conducting, and completed the course work for a doctorate of musical arts in vocal music performance and choral conducting. While studying at the University of Oregon, Angela had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Oregon Bach Festival, participating in seminars with Helmuth Rilling.

She has been the director of music at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland for more than 23 years, where she conducts the Cathedral choir, Cathedral contemporary ensemble and the Cathedral Children’s Choir, all of which provide music for weekly Sunday Eucharist as well as archdiocesan liturgies.

Session Schedule

Each of the sessions offered meets over 4 days. All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Daylight Time.

Day 1

10:00am – Morning Plenary (All)

Theme:
Priest & People:
Unity of Prayer

(led by Fr. Renninger and Robert Feduccia)

10:45am – Q&A

11:05am  – Break

11:15am  – Small Group Work with Master Instructors (limit 10 per small group)

  • Preaching in Liturgy
  • Music for Worship
  • Liturgical Catechesis

12:15pm – Break

12:30pm – Large Group Wrap Up

12:45pm – End

Day 2

10:00am – Morning Plenary (All)

Theme:
Priest & Musicians:
Unity of Ritual

(led by Fr. Renninger and Angela Westhoff-Johnson)

10:45am – Q&A

11:05am  – Break

11:15am  – Small Group Work with Master Instructors (limit 10 per small group)

  • Preaching in Liturgy
  • Music for Worship
  • Liturgical Catechesis

12:15pm – Break

12:30pm – Large Group Wrap Up

12:45pm – End

Day 3

10:00am – Morning Plenary (All)

Theme:
Musicians and People:
Unity of Voice

(led by Angela Westhoff-Johnson and Robert Feduccia)

10:45am – Q&A

11:05am  – Break

11:15am  – Small Group Work with Master Instructors (limit 10 per small group)

  • Preaching in Liturgy
  • Music for Worship
  • Liturgical Catechesis

12:15pm – Break

12:30pm – Large Group Wrap Up

12:45pm – End

Day 4

10:00am – Small group work with primary instructor  (limit 10 per small group)

  • Preaching in Liturgy
  • Music for Worship
  • Liturgical Catechesis

11:00am – Break

11:15pm – Small group work with primary instructor  (continued)

12:15pm – Large Group Wrap-Up

12:45pm – End

Master Class: The Art of Liturgy

Coming soon!