Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy

Centenary of the Publication of The Spirit of the Liturgy by Romano Guardini

September 27–29, 2018
Miami, Florida
Cathedral of Saint Mary
(7525 Northwest 2nd Avenue)


Featuring Keynotes Addresses by:
Gerhard Cardinal Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– “Lex orandi – lex credendi”
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, archbishop of Miami
– Address title TBA
Secretariat of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
– Address title TBA


Friday, September 28 – 12:00 p.m.
Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Gerhard Cardinal Müller, celebrant

Saturday, September 29 – 12:00 p.m.
Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, celebrant


Registration deadline: Monday, September 17


Conference Registration Rates
Complete conference for full or associate members of the Society: $399
Complete conference for non-members of the Society: $469
Complete conference for student members of the Society or seminarians: $250
Single day rate (including meals on that day): $279

Full conference registration includes two banquets (Thursday and Friday evening) at the Miami Shores Country Club and catered lunches on Friday and Saturday. 


Conference Hotels
Please note that the following prices are only available until July 27. Please reserve by then to procure these discounted rates. 

Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
$149 per night
standard king or standard double queen
group code to present for discount: GSOCAL
To make a reservation, click here.

Best Western on the Bay Inn and Marina 
$125.43 per night (including taxes)
must call for discounted rate: (305) 865-7100; mention that you are requesting the “conference society” group rate.



Recommended airports are FLL (Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International) and MIA (Miami International).

Conference attendees are responsible for their own transportation.


Other Information

Conference presenters must register for the full conference.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Payment for the conference must be made via credit card or check. Check payments must be received by Monday, September 17th (payable to: Society for Catholic Liturgy, mailed to Rev. Dennis Gill / Treasurer, Society for Catholic Liturgy / ℅ Office for Divine Worship / Archdiocese of Philadelphia / 222 North Seventeenth Street /Philadelphia, PA 19103)


Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 27, 2018

12:00-3:00 – Board meeting
4:00 – 5:00 – Registration (Cathedral of St. Mary offices [CSM], 7525 NW 2nd Ave.)
6:00 – Social (Miami Shores Country Club [MSCC], 10000 Biscayne Blvd.)
6:30 – Keynote Address, Archbishop Thomas Wenski (MSCC)
7:15 – Dinner
8:30 – Salve Regina

Friday, September 28, 2018
9:00 – Simultaneous sessions
Watters – The Letter Killeth, but the Spirit Giveth Life: Guardini, Barfield, and the Mythopoetic Liturgical Act
Schaefer – Divergence After Theory: Romano Guardini and the Liturgical Renewal

10:30 – Simultaneous sessions
Dinan – Guardini and the scientia vocis of liturgical prayer: The Significance of reparare in the Prefaces for Epiphany and Easter
Cipolla – A Rereading of Guardini’s Spirit of the Liturgy: An Exercise in Nostalgia or Something More?
Brummond – The Style of the Saints

12:00 – Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Müller celebrant (St. Mary’s Cathedral)
1:15 – Lunch

2:30 – Simultaneous sessions
Foley – The Word Became Flesh: Guardini, Pieper, and Logocentrism
Matthiesen – The Call of the Eternal in the Liturgy

4:00 – simultaneous sessions
Marcantonio – A Reevaluation of the Architectural Expression of Guardini’s Spirit of the Liturgy
Ciraulo – Liturgical Aesthetics? Hans Urs von Balthasar Between Romano Guardini and Joseph Ratzinger
Bellafiore and Knutson (shared session) – “Christ the Sign: Images and Christology in Ratzinger’s Spirit of the Liturgy—and O inestimabilis pretii thesaurum: The Symbolism of Melismatic Music for the Liturgy

5:30 – simultaneous sessions
K. Hughes – Symbol, System, and the Spirit of the Liturgy: Guardini’s Bonaventurean Theological Vision
Friel – Romano Guardini and the Priesthood of the Baptized
Haigh – Romanticism’s Role in the Architectural Collaboration of Rudolf Schwarz and Romano Guardini

7:30 – Keynote Address, Gerhard Cardinal Müller (MSCC)
8:30 – Dinner (MSCC)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:00 – Simultaneous sessions
O’Malley – Romano Guardini and the Liturgical Apocalyptic
Cardó – The Playfulness of the Liturgy: A Rich Category for Liturgical Renewal in the XXI Century

10:30 – Keynote – Secretariat of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship – Fr. Andrew Menke
12:00 – Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Wenski Celebrant (St. Mary’s Cathedral)
1:30 – Lunch

2:30 – Simultaneous sessions
Mahrt – Romano Guardini and the Spirit of Liturgical Music
Magas – “Until Christ is Formed in You:” Guardini’s Liturgical Spirituality of Mystery
Monaco and Sinkiewicz (shared session) – The Scandal of Contemplation: Romano Guardini on the ‘Playful Purposelessness’ of the Sacred Liturgy—and The Child in Festive Play

4:00 – Simultaneous sessions
Nickel – Congregavit nos in unum (read by Dino Marcantonio)
Carter and Wopata (shared session) – Active Participation and Emotional Manipulation in the Liturgy: How Should the Liturgy Engage the Soul and the Senses?—and The Complementarity of Devotion and the Liturgy
B Hughes – “What is organic about the liturgy? Romanticism, Romano Guardini, and the Mystical Body of Christ”


Conference flyer available here.