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CCMLA 2012:

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Date: June 18-21, 2012
Location: Saint John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, MN

The Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy, and the Arts (CCMLA) is an annual event sponsored in conjunction with Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary, The Liturgical Press, and Saint John's University Music Department.

Dr. Katherine DeVries

Dr. Katherine DeVries

Dr. Katherine DeVries is Co-director of the Young Adult Ministry Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she has shared her gifts for more than twenty years. Prior to full-time ministry, she was a special education teacher of high school and junior high students with severe behavior disorders and learning disabilities. Kate holds a Doctorate in Ministry and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union (with a concentration in Word and Worship); a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago; and a Masters in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. She and Fr. John Cusick are co-authors of The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry, and co-host a monthly radio program, The Light Show, highlighting the work of Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is a lay woman, living in Brookfield, Illinois and an active parishioner and musician at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange.

Young Adult Ministry - Archdiocese of Chicago
711 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60661
312-466-9473; 312-466-9474 (fax)

Debbie Lou Ludolph

Debbie Lou Ludolph

Debbie Lou Ludolph is the Dean of Chapel and Director of the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Ontario. With a passion for the renewal of worship and song in the Church, Debbie Lou's most recent work concerns singing songs of praise and prayer from around the world and their justice-making potential as they help the Western church to celebrate diversity, learn new ways to pray, and embody a oneness with all of humanity. Debbie Lou teaches courses in worship and global song, directs the global song choir Inshallah, and gathers musicians and clergy at the local and national level around conversations concerning worship praxis in the 21st century.

Recently, she has led worship and music on two study trips to Palestine and Israel with WLS, and over the last five years has created opportunities for ecumenical, inter-faith and musical partners to work together towards the common good in the community. Debbie Lou is also the Director of Worship Ministries for the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada where she provides resources and leads workshops to equip clergy and laity in worship leadership. In the ELCIC, she was named the Companion of the Worship Arts in 2006 for her contribution to the worship life of the church. With a background in musical theatre and vocal performance, Debbie Lou has taught undergraduate voice students for many years and offered workshops in vocal technique and vocal health throughout southwestern Ontario.


Diana Macalintal

Diana Macalintal

Diana Macalintal is the Director of Worship for the Diocese of San Jose in California and holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John's University, Collegeville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA. She has served as a liturgist, music, and catechumenate director in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for over 25 years and has authored numerous articles on liturgy, music, and the catechumenate.

She was a contributing author for the 2012 edition of Together for Life: Celebrating and Living the Sacrament (Ave Maria Press), The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, and wrote The Eucharist Catechist's Guide (both Saint Mary's Press, 2009). Her first liturgical compositions have been recently published by World Library Publications. She serves on the boards of advisors for the Liturgical Press and for GIA Publications, Inc., and is a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. She began a liturgy blog for the Diocese of San Jose called Work of the People and is a co-founder of, an online resource for catechumenate ministers.

James Wahl

James Wahl

A native of Southern California, Jim Wahl has been active in liturgical music since the age of 13 when he began playing string bass for the "folk group" at his home parish. He has served as Director of Music at parishes in California, North Carolina and Arizona, including the Director of Music and Diocesan Choir Director for the Cathedral and Diocese of Phoenix, a position he held for over seven years.

Holding a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Jim is completing his graduate studies in liturgical music at St. John's University in Collegeville MN, with an emphasis in Sacred Music composition. He has composed for various needs from children's catechetical music to Spanish vernacular chant, and has been recognized most recently for his composition "Yo Soy un Inmigrante", written in response to the immigration crises in Arizona, and winner of the 2010 Sing for Hope and Justice contest in San Antonio, TX. Jim currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Tami and their four children and serves as the Music Director at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community. 


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