From its humble beginnings in the Langley Park, Md. movie theater in 1950, St. Camillus has grown into a thriving parish, where more than 4,000 people gather to worship each weekend. The community, composed of people from more than 100 countries, strives for unity while celebrating diversity. They speak of themselves as a parish of open minds, open hearts and open doors.
Liturgical Consultant (2009-10)
As a regular participant in the life of the parish from 2002-2020, and occasionally a music minister with their D.C.-area renowned Multicultural Choir, I am fortunate to have assisted the community with liturgical evaluations, participated in their liturgy committee and led retreat / day workshops for some of their liturgical ministers. I have done focused work with them crafting liturgical texts for adaptation of the Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults rituals preparing catechumens for baptism and others for reception into full communion with the Catholic Church each year as well as adaptations of the rite of baptism for inclusion within the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.
Above: I was able to organize a visit from liturgical musician and composer Marty Haugen in the Fall of 2005. He joined the St. Camillus Intercultural Choir for a relief concert for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.
Below: Video from the Washington National Cathedrals’ June 6, 2005 “Hunger No More: An Interfaith Convocation” to address world poverty, featuring the St. Camillus Intercultural Choir.