Spotlight on Paulist composer and recent graduate

Following our Commencement ceremony on May 9, 2013, newly minted Dr. Ricky Manalo ('13) was profiled by the Catholic Sentinel. During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, two of Manalo's compositions were selected for Mass.

Father Ricky Manalo, a priest in the Paulist order, earned a doctorate in Asian-American liturgical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

Father Manalo, who served at St. Philip Neri Church as associate pastor in the early 2000s, is a composer for OCP, publisher of the Catholic Sentinel. He is currently a priest in residence at the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Calif.

Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Father Manalo received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from the Washington Theological Union. He was ordained a Paulist priest in 2000.

Father Manalo collaborated with Jesuit Father Manoling Francisco to create a collection of liturgical songs from important composers in the Philippines.

“Crafting melodies that appeal to both Asian and Western ears is a hallmark of his music,” said Erik Schumock, OCP’s music development and outreach director. “His compositions expand the repertoire of music available to serve a culturally diverse Catholic Church and are rooted in solid theology.”

Original post at Catholic Sentinel, "Paulist composer earns doctorate"