Two noted Catholic musicians will be co-presenters at the 20th annual Pastoral Music Workshop set 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Our Lady’s Chapel.
The workshop, usually held in the summer in conjunction with the annual Pastoral Institute, was moved to this fall in hopes that more people could participate in it, said Sister Eilish Ryan, longtime director of the institute.
“We moved the event from its traditional summer date to September in order to make it more accessible to college students and young adults,” Ryan said.
Two established pastoral musicians — Jaime Cortez and Curtis Stephan — will be co-presenters for the workshop whose theme is “The Song of the People: Music for your Whole Community.” The guest musicians will kick off the workshop with a 7 p.m. concert Friday, Sept. 25.
The workshop continues 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, where such topics will be discussed as the theological and pastoral understandings that ground bilingual liturgy, and useful strategies to enable different language groups to celebrate as one.
Cortez is music director at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, Ariz., where six Masses are celebrated each weekend serving both the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities.
was born in New York and raised in El Salvador. He is fluent in Spanish and has dedicated a portion of his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. His main instrument is guitar, although he is proficient in piano and other string instruments, such as charango, vihuela and bass guitar.
In addition to workshops, Cortez, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Arizona State University in Tempe, gives concerts with both English and Spanish repertoire, alone or with volunteer groups. He and his wife, Kari, have three children.
Stephan is music director for St. Ann’s Parish in Coppell, Texas, where seven weekend Masses are celebrated for the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in Denton. He has appeared at three World Youth Day celebrations, The Living Global Rosary held in the Cotton Bowl — which he directed — and a special event for youth in Turin, Italy, that Pope Francis attended.
A 2006 Unity Award winner, Stephan has recorded three albums – “Through the Storm,” “Sacred Revolution” and “Born to Us” — with spiritandsong.com
Stephan also has composed theme songs for the National Catholic Youth Conference and the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Youth Day. His most recent composition, “Mass of Renewal” (a new Mass setting for the new Roman Missal), is published in several Catholic missals and hymnals. is already a nationwide diocesan favorite.
He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas. They have two sons.
The guest musicians’ expertise should attract attention and participants, Ryan said.
“Anyone with an interest in Catholic liturgical music would benefit from the workshop,” she said.