Fr. Ricky Manalo
Fr. Ricky Manalo
A priest who is also a musical composer will speak about the future of pastoral ministry Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at St. Clare Church in Southwest Portland.

In a talk called “Pastoral Ministry in a 2.5 World,” Father Ricky Manalo insists the future has already begun and the church needs to be prepared.

What current trends foreshadow future needs? What sociological, intellectual, and technological trends will impact the future of pastoral ministry? What intercultural realities will impact our parishes and diocese and how we minister to God’s People? There’s a bold new world before us, but we need not be afraid. This presentation will provide three starting points to help us navigate our journey together in Christ.

Paulist Father Ricky Manalo is an Oregon Catholic Press composer, theologian, and author. He is 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 in Berkeley, California. He is a theological consultor for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the co-author of the official national pastoral plan for Asian Pacific Catholics, Encountering Christ in Harmony, and the more recent book, “A Treasured Presence: Filipino American Catholics.” Father Manalo has been invited to six of the seven continents to do a variety of presentations, from academic lectures, keynotes, and pastoral workshops, to preaching, presiding, and giving concerts. He resides at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City.

The next evening, Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Clare, Father Manalo will speak about the gifts and legacy of Filipino American Catholics. This year marks 500 years of Christianity in the lives of Filipinos.

Register at saintclarechurch.org. Registration closes Nov. 16.