About

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest, a liturgical composer, theologian, and author.  He is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Catholic Music Composer of the Year Award by the Association of Catholic Publishers, and the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year Award by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA.  

Fr. Manalo's music is published chiefly by Oregon Catholic Press.  Some of his best known hymns include:

 

  • Beyond the Days

  • In These Days of Lenten Journey

  • Pange Lingua

  • Spirit and Grace (and Mass of Spirit and Grace)

  • With One Voice

  • Worthy Is the Lamb


Fr. Manalo is also known for pioneering and popularizing Asian Catholic liturgical music in the United States with his hymns, including:

 

  • Ang Katawan Ni Kristo (Filipino: "The Body of Christ")

  • By the Waking of Our Hearts

  • Many and Great 

 

His music has been sung during the Papal Masses of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.  More recently, his Mass of Spirit and Grace was the musical setting chosen for Pope Francis' Eucharistic celebration in the Sheikh Zared Stadium in Abu Dhab on Feb. 5, 2019.  This event was the largest gathering of Christians in the history of the Arab Peninsula (160,000+ worshippers, including 4,000 Muslims), and it was the first time a Roman Catholic Mass was ever celebrated "in public" in this region.

He has written numerous articles and books on liturgy, culture, and liturgical music.  His first book, Chanting On Our Behalf (revised edition, Pastoral Press, 2015) won the first place award for Best E-Book by the Catholic Press Association.  His second book, The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices (Liturgical Press, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards by the Association of Catholic Publishers. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the International Societas Liturgica, and NPM (board member, 2008-12).

In 2008, Fr. Manalo's course, Asian Liturgies and Devotions, marked the first time this subject was ever taught in a Roman Catholic theological institution in the U.S. (The Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA).  

In 2007, his collaborative hymn, That All May Be One In Christ, won the National Hymn Competition of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). 

 

Fr. Manalo is a theological consultor for the USCCB and co-authored a national pastoral plan for U.S. Asian Pacific Catholics, (Encountering Christ in Harmony, 2018). He remains an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Committee on Divine Worship.

 

Fr. Manalo has been invited to 6 of the 7 continents to lecture, preach, and present workshops and concerts, including: Abu Dhabi, Al-Ayn, Amsterdam, Beijing, Dubai, Guam, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kenya, London, Germany (Wurzburg), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington), the Philippines (Manila and Malolos), Sidney, Singapore, Seoul, and Thailand (Hua Hin), and Tokyo. When he is not traveling throughout the world, he resides at St. Paul the 

Apostle Church in New York City.

Pastoral Ministry Fields 

  • Pastoral Liturgy: Theology, Culture, Catechesis, and Formation

 

  • Liturgical Music: Composition and Training in Ministerial Skills

 

  • Liturgical Spirituality: Retreats, Missions, and Days of Recollections
     

  • Presbyteral Formation: Presiding, Preaching, Singing and Chanting

 

  • Intercultural Communication and Dynamics in Pastoral Contexts

  • Worship, New Media, and Technology

"Pilgrimage" by Le Thiet Cuong

Academic Arenas

  • Liturgy and Culture: Liturgical Ethnography & Ritual Studies

 

  • Liturgies and Devotions in Asian Contexts

 

  • Liturgical Music in Intercultural Contexts

 

  • Liturgy and the Sociology of Religion (Doctoral Dissertation)

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