Liturgical Organizations and Conferences

Diocesan Liturgical Commission

Federation Diocesan Liturgical Commission - October 8-11, 2019

University of Dallas Ministry Conference - October 10-12, 2019

Southwest Liturgical Conference - January 15-18, 2020

National Association of Pastoral Musicians - July 7-10, 2020


Diocesan Liturgical Commission

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is an advisory, action, and visioning body, created to recommend liturgical best-practice throughout the Diocese of Dallas, and to assist the bishop in implementing worthy and culturally appropriate practices regarding worship in the diocese. Through the Office of Worship, the liturgical commission participates actively in reflecting the liturgical practices of diocesan parishes to the bishop, and acts to serve the needs of pastors and parishes as reflected from the bishop. The liturgical commission also serves the local Church as visionary body, imagining and promoting ways to assist parishes and persons to participate actively and fully in all aspects of worship. Finally, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission is the catalyst for formation in liturgy, music, and Christian Initiation for the diocese.  Members are appointed by the Ordinary.

Members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission

Matt Betz                       Deacon George Chou            Deacon Bill Fobes 

Audrey Hair                   Kenton Kravig                         Kathy Leos

Carol Norris                   Rev. Russ Mower                   Christina Roncal

Mary Wojcik                   Lari Newman-Williams            Diane Wood

Elizabeth Wright           Sylvia Garcia (ex officio)          Dr. Patricia J. Hughes (ex officio)        

Federation Diocesan Liturgical Commission

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) is a national organization composed primarily of members of diocesan liturgical commissions, worship offices and/or the equivalent diocesan liturgical structures. These diocesan liturgical personnel, appointed by their bishops, have responsibility for the promotion of the liturgical life of their dioceses. The FDLC serves as an official collaborating agent between the local churches through diocesan worship offices and liturgical commissions and the USCCB Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy. The FDLC meets annually as well as regionally. The 50th National Meeting will be October 8 through 11, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. More info available at

University of Dallas Ministry Conference

The Dallas Ministry Conference (DMC) is held annually each October. Features include nationally recognized keynote speakers, plus breakout sessions for catechists, liturgical ministers, Catholic school educators, and all in North Texas who want to know more about their faith. Also featured are exhibitors and vendors with accessible materials that support ministry, liturgy and catechesis in the Church. The Annual Dallas Ministry Conference is October 10-12, 2019, at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX. See for more info. Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas

Southwest Liturgical Conference

This primary mission of this conference is directed toward the local Church at the parish and diocesan level. The SWLC is committed to educational programs and regional workshops which will stimulate the people of God to that "full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy." (CSL n.14). 2019 Study Week will be held at the GRB Houston Convention Center in Houston, TX, from January 23-26, 2019. The SWLC is the oldest continuous regional liturgical conference in the U.S. Visit for registration information.

National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer, both professional and volunteer. Annually, the NPM holds a convention that features breakout sessions, nationally known keynote speakers, and opportunities for enrichment in music, prayer, and spiritual growth. Exhibitors at the convention represent national and international music and liturgical interests. The NPM National Convention will be held from July 16-19, 2019. See for details. All are always welcome to participate.

Dallas Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians supports, enlivens, and informs parish musicians, both professional staff, and volunteer. The NPM Board meets regularly to plan and schedule programs, celebrations, and gatherings that will positively impact and inform the quality of music ministry and the musicians in area parishes. To join the local chapter (which affiliates musicians with the NPM nationally), visit the local chapter at National Association of Pastoral Musicians.