Convention Opening & Plenum Series
Plenum | One Song, Many Voices/Many Voices, One Song
Rev. Tony Ricard
Come together, Church, and hear the message of Hope, the message of Love, the message of Jesus, from the perspective of Song as the voice of the Church. Song is the voice of the Church in praise, in petition, in thanksgiving. The Church expresses gratitude for this Voice that embraces varieties of language, of tone, of dialect, bringing to our worship the rich and multiple heritages of music in our various cultures. While it is a challenge sometimes to find ways to bring those voices together, it is a challenge worth taking up.
Reverend R. Tony Ricard, M.Th., M.Div., is a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish. A Catholic revivalist and youth speaker, he is the director of Knight Time Ministries and the publisher, author, and editor for Two Nights Publications Company.
Plenum Panel Discussion 7:00 PM
One Song, Many Voices/Many Voices, One Song: Making it Work
Carmen Florez-Mansi ▪ John Flaherty ▪ Rev. Paul Turner
These experienced presenters will name the core challenges of musical and liturgical ministry in a
multicultural setting and describe some practical solutions the presenters have discovered.
Let's Talk About Diversity 8:00 PM
Time to Spread Out and Talk about Diversity … “Flash-Point style”
How does our upbringing within a culture influence our perception of the world? And what can we
do about it? Challenge your perceptions and join any one of up to 30 discussions of and about
diversity. “Topic leaders” will be guiding discussions in a multitude of content areas. Join a discussion
based on your interest, your comfort level, and your choice of setting from traditional breakout style to
non–traditional (think sitting in the lobby on the floor or outside on the terrace).
Multicultural and Diverse Ambient Music "Flash Mob Style" 9:00 PM
Continuing to showcase the vast multicultural styles of Galveston-Houston, divergent musical groups
will “lead” us to the entrance to the Exhibit Hall.
Opening Gala/Late-Night Expo 9:30–Midnight
“For the Breadth and Depth of Catholic Music”: A Toast
At the gathering space in front of the Exhibit Hall, enjoy champagne or sparkling grape juice as
Msgr. Rick Hilgartner leads the toast to NPM on its 40th anniversary year. Then as the doors open
to the exhibit hall we all enter to the sounds of music and the clink of glasses. We will enjoy a
complimentary selection of snacks plus a cash bar, the company of friends and colleagues, and check
out the incredible variety of products and services to assist your ministry.
And while there why not place your first bids in the NPM Silent Auction!