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    Filipino liturgist, priest Anscar Chupungco dies
    Joshua J. McElwee | Jan. 9, 2013

    Benedictine Fr. Anscar Chupungco, a renowned liturgist who once served as president of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute and was known for integrating local customs and traditions into the Catholic Mass, died Tuesday in the Philippines. He was 73.

    Chupungco's death was announced late Tuesday on a Facebook page dedicated to the priest and was confirmed in a release from the Philippines bishops' conference.

    A former head of the bishops' conference's liturgy commission, Chupungco had been set to receive the conference's highest award, the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, on Jan. 26. He was also set to receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, a papal honor given for distinguished service to the church.

    Ordained a priest in 1965, Chupungco was appointed in 1973 as the first Filipino member of the faculty of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome, which is run by the Benedictine order. Chupungco would go on to serve as the institute's president for 12 of his 23 years in Rome.

    In 1993, Chupungco became the founding director of the Paul VI Liturgical Institute in the Philippines, a center for forming liturgists to serve throughout Asia.

    Chupungco had also served as consulter to both the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), a commission originally formed in 1963 to introduce the English language into the Catholic Mass in English-speaking countries as part of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

    Among other awards, Chupungco received the highest honor of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions of the United States of America in 2011, named for Msgr. Frederick McManus, a Boston archdiocesan priest who assisted in ICEL's formation.

    In a speech accepting that award in October 2011, Chupungco criticized the state of liturgical reform following the council.

    Liturgical reform, he said, "is being put to task by a movement known as the 'reform of the reform.' It carries an agenda that can have a regrettable impact on the liturgical gains of the council."

    "Dark clouds are forming ominously on the western horizon," Chupungco said. "They move hurriedly and decisively toward the direction of the sun that burns radiantly in the sky. They cast upon it their somber shadows to hide it from view. Suddenly it is dusk before the appointed time."

    "In reality however the dimness is caused by the passing clouds. I am confident that these cannot put the clock back to yesterday's evening hours."

    Funeral plans for the priest are yet to be announced. According to a posting on the Facebook page, his remains will lie in state at a parish in his native city of Cainta in the Philippines state of Rizal before being moved to the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery in Manila.

    [Joshua J. McElwee is an NCR staff writer. His email address is]
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    -- Vic Romero

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    Re: Anscar Chupungco, OSB, 1939-2013

    From Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, composer of "On Eagle's Wings":

    Fr. Anscar was the first person to interview me when I came as a graduate student to S. Anselmo back in 1987. As I sat across from his rather formidable desk after identifying myself (I can
    -- Vic Romero


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      Re: Anscar Chupungco, OSB, 1939-2013

      From Father Ricky Manalo, CSP, Filipino-American composer of liturgical music:

      My heart is saddened by his death. I began my theological studies in 1992 (WTU) , the year that his book, Liturgical Inculturation, was published. Being of Filipino ethnicity, he became a beacon of hope. He was a role model, a mentor and friend.

      His legacy? Anscar focused on the concerns for inculturation and the application of this theological term in the formation of liturgical rites. He developed methods for implementing liturgical inculturation that gave due consideration to local church contexts and that created a dialogue between the worship practices that emerge in those contexts and the cultural predilections of Western Christianity that are often embedded within official rites. Another way to put it: he was able to speak the language of the official church (with enough historical footnotes and references to prove his credibility!) and place these official and historical threads in dialogue with the cultural envisioning of Vatican II. Thus, the timing of his publications was perfect and his location as a scholar
      -- Vic Romero


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        Re: Anscar Chupungco, OSB, 1939-2013

        Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, while vesting to lead the concelebration of the Filipino fiesta of Jesus, the Holy Child, in Atlanta in January 2010, shared that Dom Anscar Chupungco was his thesis adviser at Sant Anselmo when he was a doctoral student in liturgy.

        Dom Anscar was a young monk-professor. Gregory was his first doctoral student-advisee.

        May Dom Anscar rest in peace.
        -- Vic Romero


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          Re: Anscar Chupungco, OSB, 1939-2013

          LST: A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

          [QUOTE]Please remember in your prayers Fr. Anscar Chupungco OSB who passed away last January 9, 2013. Renowned as an expert in liturgy after Vatican II, he had been president of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' Episcopal Commission on Liturgy. He served as Rector Magnificus of the Pontificio Ateneo d
          Human beings, they're quite a paradox. At first glance they're so primitive: genetic impurities, no telepathy, violent, and yet they've created so many beautiful ways to convey their ideas - literature, art, music. [#98 In the Flesh]

          I Stand With You
          I Saw You Coming In


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            Re: Anscar Chupungco, OSB, 1939-2013

            thank you fr. anscar...

            rest in peace.