Director of Choirs Kelly Ford Receives Golden Rose Award

April 10, 2014

SJC Director of Choirs Kelly Ford Receives Golden Rose Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago

On Sunday, March 30, Saint Joseph’s College Director of Choirs Kelly Ford was presented the Golden Rose Award through the Archdiocese of Chicago as part of the Laetare Sunday Mass at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. SJC’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers sang alongside the St. John Cantius Resurrection Choir multiple times during the Fall semester of 2013, and members of both choirs traveled to Italy for a series of Masses and performances in November 2013.

The Golden Rose is given each year to an individual, family, or institution that has displayed an outstanding example of living, promoting, or implementing Catholic teaching. The custom of the Golden Rose dates back many centuries. Originally, live roses were presented by the Pope on Laetare Sunday as a reminder that the Lenten season was nearly over. The rose-colored vestments worn by priests on this day are a symbol of joy and hope in the middle of this somber season.

Popes used to carry a golden rose in their right hand when returning from the celebration of Mass on this day.  Every year, the Pope presents a stylized rose made of gold and precious stones to churches, shrines, cities, or distinguished persons as a token of esteem and paternal affection for defending the Catholic faith. 

Fr. C. Frank Phillips presented Ford with the Golden Rose, saying, “As a professor of Music at Saint Joseph’s College, Kelly uses his talents in the field of education, especially in the areas of sacred music. Through proper catechesis in his Music classes, he instills in many of his young students an appreciation of the sacred treasury of music.”  

Several SJC students, both present and past, were in attendance for the presentation. 

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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