The Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy, the country's longest-serving educational program of its kind, provides opportunities for study in liturgy and church music with outstanding faculty in a summers-only format on the campus of Saint Joseph's College in northwest Indiana.
Grounded solidly in liturgical tradition, the program maintains a pastoral focus on liturgical celebration in local communities. Rather than teaching one canon of treasured musical works, our faculty train students to understand how music works in the treasured rites and devotions of the Church and its cultures. The program prepares students to promote quality liturgy in small rural communities as well as in large, urban and suburban churches. Liturgy is the "work of the people" and calls for full, conscious, and active participation in every kind of worshiping assembly--in every region and ethnic community.
The summers-only format of the Rensselaer Program is designed for those with full-time professional and/or family responsibilities. The format allows students to implement in their own ministerial settings what they learn as the program unfolds-and then to bring their experience to bear on further study. Saint Joseph's College grants two M.A. degrees: the Master of Arts in Music, and the Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy and Music. Both degrees integrate liturgy and music courses in a balanced sequence. In addition to the degree programs, SJC also grants the Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy, as well as three-day opportunities for continuing education and enrichment.
Because the Rensselaer Program convenes only during the summer, we are able to draw on the talents of outstanding scholars, liturgists, and musicians who teach and work at other locations during the year. The "Faculty" page lists those who will be teaching this summer.
For more information about the program, email Steve Janco, M,C.M., D. Min., Director:
June 28 - 30
Rev. Columba Kelly, OSB
June 28 - 30
Liturgy in Multicultural Communities
Rev. Mark Francis, CSV
See informational flyer
July 1 - 3
Ritual & Symbol - Dr. Richard McCarron
Liturgical Music - Dr. Steven Janco
Introduction to Sacraments Sr. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, C.PP.S., Ph.D.
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