Holy Priests posts consist of interviews regarding how music has influenced a priest. I met Fr. Lorig when he was assigned at Sacred Heart Church as an associate priest in 2004. I remember him for his sense of humor, his gift with teenagers and his good singing voice.
How did the liturgy and sacred music influence you as you accepted your call to the priesthood?
“In college seminary, one of the best parts of community was hearing a room full of men singing prayerfully. I remember even on my visit to the seminary while I was in high school how powerful that sounded.”
What role does music take for you when you celebrate Mass? How do you experience music from your unique vantage point as the celebrant?
“As a priest, I don’t think there’s anything much more enjoyable than being in a church full of singing people. It demonstrates a joy and unity that’s so attractive that I believe it needs to be one of the keys of the New Evangelization. If we continue to tolerate mediocre sounding music and a lack of participation, I don’t think we’ll ever really grow as a church. I’m not talking about the differences between contemporary, praise and worship, and traditional music. I don’t care what kind of music we have; just do it well, make it beautiful, and if you’re in the congregation, pick up a book.”
Fr. Jeff Lorig
- St. John Vianney at the University of St. Thomas
- The North American College for Theology
- Ordained: June 5, 2004
- Assignments: Sacred Heart in Norfolk, St. Elizabeth Ann in Omaha, St. Patrick in O’Neill
- Current Assignment: Pastor of St. Ludger in Creighton and St. Ignatius Mission in Brunswick