Fr. Jan Michael Joncas


Fr. Jan Michael Joncas will share his keynote address, titled “The Second Vatican Council and Liturgy: Learning from the Past and Hopes for the Future” on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00 am.
Perhaps the most visible changes in Catholic Church practices were instigated by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. What elements of that document’s teaching have been “received” by the Church? What elements have been disregarded or superseded? What elements might shape future liturgical worship for Roman Catholics?

Joncas graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in English from St. Thomas. He earned a master’s degree in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, then studied at the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained in 1980.

He was a parish priest for several years, served several more as director of education at the Newman Community at the University of Minnesota, and studied in Rome for four years where he earned graduate degrees in his academic specialty: the history and analysis of Christian worship. Woven throughout his years of serious academic study, writing and teaching was his work as a composer.

As a member of the University of Saint Thomas faculty, Joncas taught undergraduate and graduate courses, presented workshops throughout the world, wrote books and scholarly articles, and composed (and in some cases, recorded) 25 collections of liturgical music. One of his best-known works is “On Eagles’ Wings.”