Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fr. Joseph P. Kenny, O.P., RIP

I received news today that Fr. Joseph P. Kenny, 77, a missionary to Africa for nearly 50 years and a well-known online promoter of Dominican Chant, died of cancer on January 28, 2013 in Washington DC. A native of Chicago, Fr. Kenney left for Nigeria at the request of the Holy See for a resource person knowledgeable in Arabic and Islam, since there was a need for greater understanding and peace between  Christian and Muslim communities of that country.

After working in northern Nigeria, he taught subjects on Islamic philosophy and theology for 22 years at the University of Ibadan, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies. He also helped develop the Dominican Institute in Ibadan, where he taught courses on philosophy, theology, and communications for hundreds of lay students and seminarians.

Sadly, Fr. Kenney's music site, linked on the left sidebar, seems to have gone off line.  His contribution to the promotion of our music will be greatly missed.  Please keep this fine priest musician and missionary in your prayers.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Domnican Studies of the Western Dominican Province Reflect on the Liturgy of the Hours

The students of the Western Dominican Province has done a very nice video in which they reflect on the spirituality of the choral office and what it means for them.  The stained glass is that of the chapel of our house of studies, Saint Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA.  Enjoy!