Welcome to the NPM Section for Clergy

Members of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.  Approximately twenty percent of NPM members are bishops, priests, and deacons.  Pastoral musicians are co-workers with the ordained in fostering authentic and vibrant worship in dioceses, parishes, schools, and other communities.

NPM national conventions feature continuing formation opportunities specifically for clergy (bishops, priests and deacons), including workshops on presiding, preaching, and pastoral ministry. In addition, convention participants hear thought-provoking major addresses and may take advantage of lectures on theological and pastoral topics related to liturgy and music ministry. Conventions also provide an opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones, particularly at the gathering for clergy section members.

To encourage the collaboration of musicians and pastors, NPM offers a special discounted rate for a clergy-musician duo registering together for the annual national convention.

Pastoral Music, the NPM membership journal, offers insightful and timely articles on liturgical and musical ministry.  Members of the NPM Clergy Section also receive the quarterly publication Clergy Update.

If you are already a member of NPM, thank you for your participation in the mission of the Association.  If you are not yet a member, please join us in fostering the art of musical liturgy.

Contact information:

Rev. James Wm. Bessert