SJC Senior Ryan Dillon’s Capstone Mass to Feature Members of SJC Choirs, Music by Viadana

April 15, 2014

Ryan Dillon Senior Capstone MassSenior Ryan Dillon of Salem, Wis. will host his senior Capstone Mass Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am CDT in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel. A Sacred Liturgical Music major, Dillon will conduct a choir consisting of several members of the SJC Choirs. The Schola will chant the propers of the Mass. The Mass, featuring music by Italian Renaissance composer Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, falls on the Feast of Saints Philip and James. All are encouraged to attend.

The Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry '71, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and an SJC alumnus, will be the celebrant of the Mass, and the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago will assist with the serving. The SJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers sang alongside the St. John Cantius Resurrection Choir in Chicago several 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.

Several circumstances converged to give Dillon the idea for the Capstone Mass. Dillon met the celebrant, Bishop Perry, at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, where Dillon was doing an independent study. Dillon invited him to be the celebrant of the Mass, and Perry graciously accepted.  

Ryan Dillon Senior Capstone MassFollowing graduation, Dillon plans to attend graduate school and become director of sacred music in liturgy at a Catholic institution. He wants to teach Theology and Liturgy through music to future generations in order to help the whole person (constituted by mind, heart, and soul) to be authentically Catholic in their lives. Dillon believes that SJC has equipped him to fulfill these dreams.

“Sacred Music concentrations are rare at colleges and universities,” said Dillon. “I originally wanted to obtain my undergraduate degree in Theology, but I found a love and passion in Sacred Music at SJC.”

Dillon encourages members of all faiths to attend this beautiful and unique Mass. The preparation has been challenging, but Dillon has embraced it.

“This is what my major is – preparing the music and Mass. I would love for people to take advantage of this opportunity.”

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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