“When man comes into contact with God,

mere speech is not enough.”

–Pope Benedict XVI – Spirit of the Liturgy


Deacons of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston


St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant of the University of St. Thomas

Announce Five Winter Thursday Evening sessions to learn to sing the



Good Friday Intercessions

Paschal Candle procession “Lumen Christi”

The Exultet  of The New English Roman Missal

The Paschal Dismissal

Learn basic voice skills to proclaim the diaconate chants in song with confidence, and in the spirit of the texts.

Learn and use the five steps to sing the great Holy Week Chants.

Improve what you already know

Come together in mutual support to enhance the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands. Sing to the Lord; bless His name, announce his salvation day after day. Tell His glory among the nations; among all His people, His wondrous deeds”

–Psalm 96, 1-3, Lectionary for Mass


Dear Brother Deacons:

This past Fall 20 of us gathered at St. James the Apostle Parish to learn and improve our skills at singing the diaconate dialogues of the Mass of the new English Roman Missal. We did this to enter more deeply into our own Liturgical participation in the sacred paschal mystery of our Lord, and to take our proper place in leading the congregation to do the same. We all improved our singing skills and liturgical ministry.

Now we invite you, also, to join with us in learning the great Holy Week chants. Singing the Exultet is one of the great parts of the Easter Vigil Liturgy.  It is  one of the highest moments of liturgical ministry we are all ordained to proclaim in song.  We have an opportunity to learn to proclaim better this ancient text that the beautiful melody coveys. We also learn it better when we learn it together.

St Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant of the University of St. Thomas is offering five consecutive THURSDAY evenings starting February 6, 2014, to teach Deacons to sing these great chants of Holy Week.

Lowell A. Davis led the Fall sessions and will lead us in the winter sessions. He is a veteran teacher of chant in the liturgy and conducts “schools” for chant at the University of St. Thomas and chant workshops in parishes for singers and ministers.

Please look at the accompanying program and make some time to join in this important way in which we minister and pray the Liturgy.

Sponsoring Deacons:

Deacon Ray Oden, Deacon Jean-Paul Budinger, Deacon Jonathan Barfield, Deacon James Barnett, Deacon John Carillo, Deacon Alfonso Chicas, Deacon David Garvis, Deacon Edward Herrera, Deacon Gerard Hilbig, Deacon Will Hunter, Deacon Klaus Petereit, Deacon Ray Ramon, Deacon John Sarabia, Deacon Don Senger, Deacon Ro Van le,  Deacon Larry Vines, Deacon Arthur Zepeda, Miguel Perez -Deacon Candidate, Paul Pinon -Deacon Candidate

With Support of:

Office of Permanent Diaconate, Deacon Gerald DuPont, Director
Office of Worship, David Wood – Dr. Rick Lopez

HOSTS: Very Rev. Trung Nguyen, JCL, M.Div, Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary & Deacon Gerald Dupont, Director, Office of Permanent Diaconate.

LOCATION: St. Mary’s Seminary

TIMES: Five THURSDAY evenings: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DATES: Thursdays,  February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 2014

Counts for Continuing Education Hours • View Syllabus, Sessions & Detailed Schedule

“I will Sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

–1 Cor. 14:15

TUITION: $50.00 (covers all costs and materials)

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Archdiocese of Galveston Houston


Office of Diaconate
Attn: Dcn. Gerald DuPont
St. Mary’s Seminary
9845 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77024


For more information, contact the Chant School at 281–855–2358 or Dcn. Gerald DuPont at 281-703-0227.