St. Michael's Conference 2014

St. Michael's Liturgical Conference 2014


The St. Michael Liturgical Conference is for pastors and others concerned with the Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgy. Stressing the practical application of Lutheran liturgical theology, the conference will inform participants of the litugy's rite, rubric, and ceremony so that they may make informed decisions about local customs in their parishes. The Conference has three major components: worship, a keynote address, and sectional presentations. Worship during the conference consists of the Holy Mass and the Divine Offices of Sext and Vespers. The keynote address establishes the theme for the conference, and the sectional presentations are designed to deal in detail with the conduct of the liturgy. Time for conversation among participants is encouraged during lunch and the breaks, and at the reception held following the conference.


The Seventeenth Annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference was Monday, September 29, 2014, with the topic "The Pastoral Care of Catechumens and Communicants."


The registration fee is $40 before September 15. After September 15 the registration fee is $50. Registration for Seminary and pre-Seminary students is $20. The registration fee includes the cost of the conference, distribution materials, breaks and lunch.


Registration fees do not cover most of the conference expenses. Donations are now being received for the 2014 conference.


8:15am Registration

9am Holy Mass

10:45am Keynote Address

12pm Office of Sext

12:15pm Luncheon Greeting from the Bishop

1:15pm Workshop

2:30pm Break

2:45pm Workshop

4pm Solemn Vespers

4:30-7pm Gemuetlichkeit


A limited number of spaces are available for vendors in the gymnasium. Please contact the parish office if your organization would like a table.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "The Pastoral Care of Catechumens and Communicants." The Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch will examine First Communion and on-going Catechesis within the fellowship of the Church, focusing on the contours and context of on-going pastoral care, and the way in which Holy Communion is given and received within this larger context.

WORKSHOP ONE: Confirmation and First Communion in the Missouri Synod/Questions and Answers with Fr. Stuckwisch. The Rev. Fr. Joel Baseley will present recent translations from C.F.W. Walther regarding Confirmation and First Communion, and include E. Eckardt's Homeletisches Reallixikon, a summary of the practice of the Missouri Synod during her first fifty years. The Rev. Fr. Mark Braden, pastor of Zion, will facilitate a Question and Answer period during which conference attendees can interact with Fr. Stuckwish on his keynote paper, with input from the panel of other presenters.

WORKSHOP TWO: Pointing the Psalter for Congregational Participation/The Incarnational Relationship Between the Holy Sacraments and Physical Touch. The Rev. Dr. Daniel Reuning will introduce conference participants to a system of pointing the Psalter using three Gregorian tones that are easily chanted, pointed according to the principles practiced by Lutherans during the early years following the Reformation. The Rev. Fr. Burnell Eckardt will investigate the Scriptural relationship between the physical touch of Christ and healing and salvation, as it is expressed in pastoral acts.

PRESENTERS The Rev. Dr. D. Richard Stuckwisch has served as pastor of Emmaus Evangelical-Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana since his Ordination in 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and his S.T.M. in Church History from Concordia Theological Seminary. Fr. Stuckwisch served on the Lutheran Service Book project for eight years, and has served on the Indiana District Worship and Spiritual Care Committee for nine years. He is Circuit Visitor of the South Bend Circuit of the Indiana District. He has contributed to the training of pastors in Russia and Indonesia. The Rev. Fr. Joel R. Baseley has served as pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan since 1994. He holds a M.Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Masters in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota. He e taught Natural Science at Concordia University Chicago and worked as a Scientist and Sectional Supervisor at Hazelton Laboratories America. A prolific writer and avid translator of German Lutheran manuscripts, Fr. Baseley has over 20 titles in print. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Concordia Historical Institute in 2012. The Rev. Dr. Daniel G. Reuning is kantor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, and an emeritus faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, where he served as Dean of the Chapel for 31 years. He holds a doctorate in Musicology from the University of Illinois, a Masters in Sacred Music and Liturgy from Union Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary. Dr. Reuning is the director of the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium. The Rev. Dr. Burnell F. Eckardt is pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette University and S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary. Fr. Eckardt is editor of Gottesdienst: A Journal of the Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgy, and author of Every Day Will I Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office and The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the Christian Church. Fr. Eckardt teaches online for John Wood Community College.