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Berakah Response

Reflections on the Place of Worship Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, STD, is professor of liturgy and a founding faculty member of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL.

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y deepest thanks to President Michael Witczak and the members of the Academy Committee for this award. Michael, your invitation caught me totally by surprise. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I’d be standing here. I am honored and humbled to be listed in the illustrious company of the previous recipients. I thank you, too, Don Saliers, crafter of the award. As always, your words sing with grace and beauty. They bring great joy to my heart. Thank you! And Virgil, thanks ever so much for your gracious introduction, so assiduously researched! Many years ago your gentle persistence cajoled me into writing about liturgical catechesis, and I have never stopped. Thank you! I am also thankful for what I have learned from members of this academy. In particular: the seminar on ritual theory and performance taught me to look at liturgy through the eyes of the social sciences, and the liturgical hermeneutics seminar keeps challenging me with new insights on how liturgy means. The list could go on. Recently I heard on NPR what an instructor of public speaking told a student who wanted to know what to talk about when asked to give a speech. The instructor said: “Thank lots of people, for as long as you wish, and then talk about the weather.” If you don’t mind, I’ll skip the bit about the weather, but I do plan to weave into my reflections an acknowledgement of many mentors. But first, allow me to introduce family members who have come to share this moment with me. First, my brothers and sisters: John Ostdiek, OFM, representing our Franciscan Province; Anita Conway; Hank Ostdiek; Fritz and Rita Ostdiek, Jovita Schneider, and Clara Lou Bricher. Then, my nieces and nephews: Peg Conway and Frank Ray; Joan Waller; Don Ostdiek; Greg Ostdiek, SJ; and Ben Ostdiek. You are the best family I could ever have hoped for. I deeply appreciate your unfailing love and support. Thank you all so very much!

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...