Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, has appointed our Father Daniel McCarthy to serve as an Advisor to a working committee of the same Vatican Congregation. Father Daniel’s Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy and hundreds of published articles on the Latin prayers of the liturgy and several books on Liturgy and on teaching the Latin language, these have all prepared Father Daniel to serve on the Vatican committee called in Latin, Vox clara, “The clear voice”. When the US Conference of Catholic Bishops submits a draft English translation of liturgy to the Vatican, Father Daniel is appointed by the Vatican to review our Bishops’ translation and make his specific recommendations. If his concerns receive the agreement of the committee, they are sent to the Vatican Congregation who may pass on these same concerns to our bishops and to those of 10 other Bishops’ conferences in this world who use English in the liturgy. Father Daniel is not paid for this service to the universal church at its centre, where he is proud to represent Saint Benedict’s Abbey. You may share in his service by investing in the Saint Benedict Chair in Liturgy.
Father Daniel also began teaching this year at the Pope’s own graduate school of liturgy, the Pontifical Liturgy Institute, in Rome. His students receive diplomas given in the name of the Holy Father, Pope Francis himself. Father Daniel teaches liturgy at the Master’s and doctoral level in Rome and during the summer in London. Already he is promoting the research of a doctoral student from Sri Lanka, whose study of the prayers in the Roman Missal on reconciliation, peace and justice may promote the reconciliation of peoples in the wake of the civil war during his childhood in Sri Lanka.
Father Daniel is celebrating his silver anniversary of ordination and thirty-three years of profession as a monk of Saint Benedict’s Abbey.