Rita Ferrone

Rita Ferrone, is an award-winning writer and recognized leader in the Roman Catholic Church for her pioneering efforts in the area of adult Christian Initiation during a time when the reforms of the Second Vatican Council have opened new avenues of ministry for lay people and women. She has played a vital role in liturgical renewal across the U.S. through her work as an independent scholar, conference presenter, and teacher. Rita is the author of several books about liturgy, including her acclaimed commentary on the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium, and she is a major contributor to “Living the Eucharist” (a parish program of Paulist Evangelization Ministries). She has also taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a guest professorship in 2013 at the Julius-Maximillians Universität, Würzburg. For seven years she served as a Friend of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM), and has taught for the past four years in the ISM Congregations Project summer seminar. She edits The Yale ISM Review, writes a column for Commonweal magazine, and blogs at Pray Tell.

Keynote Presentation

Liturgy and Social Justice
How can we access the Church’s rich heritage linking liturgy and social justice? How might it inform our pastoral practice today?


Cathedral Rites
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults asks that the bishop preside at the Rite of Election and a Neophytes’ Mass. We will explore critical theological/pastoral issues embodied in these rites and discuss best practices for their cathedral celebration. If there is time, we will also discuss ways for the cathedral to model excellence in other rites of adult initiation and infant baptism.