Christina Ronzio


Christina Ronzio


Friday, March 2, 2018 and
Saturday, March 3, 2018


  • 6:30 Sign-in
  • 7:00 Evening Prayer
  • 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Retreat Part I


  • 9:00 Sign-in
  • 9:30 Morning Prayer
  • 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Retreat Part II


St. Joseph Parish
760 St David St N.
Fergus, ON 


$25.00 (includes lunch)


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western, Fergus. Mention "Music Retreat" when booking your room at a rate of $143.99/night for double occupancy. 

Hotel booking deadline is January 1, 2018.

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congregation singing at annual musicians retreat

Annual Musicians' Retreat 2018

Focus of Day

Becoming Psalms

Event Details

Jesus sang them. We sing them. And generations before and since have sung them. Psalms, the living Word of God, shape us as we sing them. In fact, it has been said that in the process of singing Psalms, we become Psalms. We will explore how this happens and what this means for our spirituality, liturgical and personal, as we sing Psalms and reflect on the experience.


Bernadette Gasslein

For almost all of her professional life, Bernadette Gasslein has been engaged in various liturgical and catechetical ministries, including 21 years as editor of Celebrate!, Canada's award-winning pastoral magazine that closed at the end of 2012. She has led workshops around the country in liturgy, catechetics and music. Bernadette holds a Licence in Sacred Theology with Specialization in Pastoral Catechetics from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Her thesis for this degree was an analysis of the image of woman in 270 Marian hymns published in Canada since 1900. Her hymn text, “O First-born Daughter” was one of the winners of a hymn writing competition for new Marian hymns sponsored by the Mariological Society of America. As a young pianist, she also earned an Associateship in Performance in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. In 2013, Bernadette was named editor of Worship, the flagship journal of the liturgical movement in North America, published by the Benedictines of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Bernadette’s most recent books are The Mass Step-by-Step (2011) and Living with the Prayers of the Mass (2013), both published by Novalis. She serves her parish music ministry as a pianist.