Meet the Faculty: Anthony Ruff, OSB

 


 

Anthony Ruff, OSB  

Associate Professor of Theology, 1998-

National Catholic Youth Choir Founder and Program Director, 2000

Moderator, Pray Tell blog

B.A., Saint John’s University, 1986; M.Div., Saint John's University, 1993; S.T.M., Yale Divinity School, 1994; Th.D., University of Graz, Austria, 1998

awruff@csbsju.edu

320-363-3233

 

Recent courses taught:

  • Psalmody and Hymnody (Spring 2013)
  • Monastic Liturgy (Spring 2013)
  • Modern Liturgical Movements (Fall 2012)
  • Reading Latin I (Fall 2013, Fall 2011)
  • Reading Latin II (Spring 2014, Spring 2012)
  • Composing Music for Liturgy (Fall 2010)
  • Gregorian Chant I (Summer 2013, Summer 2011, Summer 2010, Summer 2009)
  • Gregorian Chant II (Summer 2013, Summer 2011, Summer 2008)
  • Gregorian Chant Schola (every semester)
  • Rites of Initiation (Spring 2010)
  • Liturgical Year (Fall 2013, Fall 2009)
  • Eucharistic Liturgy and Theology (Spring 2009)
  • Pastoral Liturgy I (Spring 2008)

Recent publications:

Sung Gospels For Major Solemnities in Multiple Voices

Sung Gospels
For Major Solemnities in Multiple Voices 
(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013).

Chants of The Roman Missal: Study Edition

Chants of The Roman Missal: Study Edition (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012) 
Author of scholarly introduction.

Canticum novum:Gregorian Chant for Today's Choirs

Canticum novum: Gregorian Chant for Today's Choirs (GIA Publications, 2012).

Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter

Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008).

Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations

Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations (Mundelein/Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2007).

2nd Place Award in “Liturgy,” Catholic Press Association, 2008.

 

CD Recording:

  • Singing with Mary and the Saints, conductor of the Gregorian Chant Schola of Saint John's Abbey and University (Milan Entertainment, 2013). - and include the attached graphic of it.

Recent Publications: 

  • "Greek, Latin, and Pre-Reformation Hymnody," in hymnal companion to Lutheran Service Book (book chapter, forthcoming).
  • "Tra le sollecitudini: On Sacred Music [1903]: Overview," The Liturgy Documents, vol. 3 (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013), 20-24.
  • "Musicam Sacram: On Music in the Liturgy [1967]: Overview," The Liturgy Documents, vol. 3  (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013), 342-346.
  • "After Vatican II: Are We All Protestants Now? Or Are We All Catholics Now?" The Hymn 64:1 (Winter 2013), 6-12.
  • "Bar Is Set Low in Acceptance of New Missal," National Catholic Reporter, December 1, 2012, 1-2, online at http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/bar-set-low-acceptance-year-old-english - missal
  • "What is the Future of the Liturgy?" U.S. Catholic 77.12 (December 2012), 25-26
  • "The Value of Unaccompanied Vernacular Chant in the Liturgy," Pastoral Liturgy, (March-April 2011), 9-11.
  • "Reading and Singing the Church's Chant: The Basics, Pastoral Music 35:2 (January 2011), 15-18.
  • "Liturgy under Benedict XVI," GIA Quarterly 22:1 (2010), 2-8.

Book chapters:

  • “Greek, Latin, and Pre-Reformation Hymnody,” in hymnal companion to Lutheran Service Book (forthcoming)

Reference book entries:

  • "Union School of Sacred Music," "Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872 – 1958)," "Tauferneuerung/Taufgedächtnis" ( = "Renewal of Baptismal Promises"), "Cäcilianfest," "Halleluja," "Herwegen, Ildefons," "Kirchenmusik: IV. Westliche Kirchen, 1. Mittelalter," and "Kirchenmusik: VI. Rechtlich, 1. Katholische Kirche," "Nunc dimittis," "Offertorium: I. Liturgisch, II. Musikalisch," "Sanktus: I. Liturgisch," "Stossgebet," "Boys’ Choirs," in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed.
  • "Vehe, Michael," "Witzel, Georg," in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 2nd ed.

Recent articles:

  • “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship,” GIA Quarterly 20.3, Spring 2009, 12-13, 38.
  • “The Liturgical Changes We Face: A Parable,” Pastoral Music 33:1, October 2008, 34-40.
  • “Beyond Medici: The Struggle for Progress in Chant,” Sacred Music 135.2, Summer 2008 , 26-28.  Translation (from German), “One Hundred Years of the Graduale Romanum” by Johann Berchmans Göschl, Sacred Music 135.2, Summer 2008, 8-25.
  • “Sing to the Lord’: 17 Things to Look For,” Assembly 34:4, July 2008, 61-64.
  • "The Music 'Specially Suited to the Roman Liturgy': On the One Hand…," Pastoral Music 32.5 (June-July 2008), 15-18.
  • "A Basic Chant Bibliography," Pastoral Music 32.5 (June-July 2008), 27-29, 32.
  • "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship," Liturgical Ministry 17, Spring 2008, 77-84.
  • "Silence in Lent," Rite, Spring 2008.
  • "Chant Resources," GIA Quarterly 19:1, Fall 2007, 16-19, 44-45.

Recent presentations:

  • Director of St. John's Gregorian Chant Schola, invited participant in International Gregorian Chant Congress, Watou, Belgium, May 20-24, 2009.
  • "David's Harp in Postmodern Times: Psalm Singing Today," IAH Conference, Amsterdam, August 16, 2013.
  • "Chants of the Missal," NPM national convention, Washington DC, August 1, 2013.
  • "Bringing Chant to Life in Latin and English," Hymn Society, Richmond VA, July 16 and 18, 2013.
  • "Antiphons, Hymns, Songs, and Their Use in the Liturgy," NPM Winter Colloquium, Washington DC, January 27-29, 2013: presenter of four sessions with following discussion.
  • "Issues in the Visual Presentation of Gregorian Chant," NAAL music seminar, Albequerque, January 4, 2013.
  • "How to Pray the Hours Today," Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, Summer Congregations Project, June 28, 2012
  • "Recent Trends in Hymnody," CCMLA conference, Collegeville, June 19, 2012.
  • "The New Roman Missal: What is the Problem, and What Can We Do About It?" Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, St. Leo University, Florida, June 12, 2012

Notable activities:

  • Translator, Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie (International Fellowship for Research in Hymnology)
  • Translator, International Abbots’ Congress, Rome, 2008 and 2012.
  • Member of Board of Directors, National Association of Pastoral Musicians
  • Panel Respondent to Faith Healer, a play by Brian Freel, "Reflections by Theologians and Physicians," Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN, November 17, 2009.
  • Catholic Academy of Liturgy, member of three-person leadership team.
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Council, The Liturgical Press
  • Composer of Responsorial Psalm sung each day at Mass, Saint John’s Abbey