November 11, 2019

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art will host The Mass of Americas: After Conference on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, Caldwell Auditorium (153) at Catholic University following the Mass of the Americas at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Rome School is co-sponsoring the Mass with the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. 

This year, the Benedict XVI Institute launched an international Marian unity tour for “Mass of the Americas.” The Mass of the Americas is a newly composed multilingual Mass in the sacred music tradition of the Catholic Church. It is a tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of the Americas: After Conference is the first of it’s kind to inspire future artists, composers, poets, and painters. The conference includes: 

  • 2 - 3:15 p.m. Keynote - The Making of the Mass of the Americas
    • A Conversation with Composer Frank La Rocca; Conductor Richard Sparks; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco; moderated by Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, dean of The Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art.
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. Three Workshops with the Masters: Poetry, Singing, Painting
    • Craft as Soul Craft: A Poetry Reading and Workshop with James Matthew Wilson, poet, and professor at Villanova University.
    • A Master Class with Richard Sparks (For CUA Choir Members. To request attendance, email Located in John Paul Hall (Ward 220)
    • Painting Beauty: Grab paint, watch, and learn as Andrew de Sa teaches a hands-on workshop in painting.
  • 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. The Vision of the Soul: A Conversation with Artists and Philosophers of Art
    • Includes Wilson; de Sa; Robert Edward Gordon, professor, The American Culture and Ideas Initiative, College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona; Sara Pecknold, clinical professor of sacred music, The Catholic University of America.
  • 6:30 - 7 p.m. Book Signing: The River of the Immaculate Conception 
    • A song cycle commemorating the Mass of the Americas by Wilson. 

For more details on conference, or to register to attend, visit the event's website

MEDIA: To attend the conference or to schedule an interview, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.