The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is excited to announce that, as of June 1, our staff will welcome two new important additions, Patrick Brueggen and Scott Turkington.
After Cardinal Burke’s announcement on November 11, 2021, that Don Fier would serve as the Interim International Coordinator for the Marian Catechist Apostolate, a search began for a long-term International Coordinator. The search lasted six months. Finally, on May 5, 2022, Cardinal Burke announced, that Patrick Brueggen would become the new, full-time International Coordinator.
In his own words, Cardinal Burke explains,
“Having known Patrick since the time of my service as Bishop of La Crosse (February 22, 1995-January 26, 2004), I am deeply grateful to him for his willingness to accept the position of International Coordinator of the Marian Catechist Apostolate. Patrick has been a faithful Marian Catechist since 2001. From 2002, he has devoted himself full-time to the apostolate of evangelization and catechesis. He has completed the Basic Catholic Catechism, Advanced Catholic Catechist, and Masters of the Spiritual Life Courses of the Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J., and has a rich experience as a catechist, youth minister, and coordinator of pilgrimages and retreats. He has also served as a facilitator of the Courses of the Apostolate.”
Patrick has a profound admiration of the methodology and pedagogy of the Marian Catechist Apostolate. “I have always loved,” he explains, “the formation in Scripture, Traditions and Doctrines this Apostolate teaches and upholds to refute and instruct all who desire to grow in understanding of the faith.” Patrick has been a full-time member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate for over 20 years, the last 16 of which have also been devoted to the role of Director of Faith Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Holmen, Wisconsin, where he and his wife, Cindy, are also parishioners. When Cardinal Burke offered the position to him, Patrick recalled how, “when visiting the Shrine a few months back, my wife actually said, ‘I have a feeling you’ll be working here someday.’ I laughed and thought, That would take a miracle.” Patrick and Cindy had their first date on Dec 12, 1980 (yes, that’s right, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe). Today, they have been married for 38 years and have four children and three grandchildren. Patrick was also accepted into diaconate formation program for the Diocese of La Crosse and is now on track for ordination to the permanent diaconate. Please, keep Patrick in your prayers.
Scott Turkington, the second new addition to the Shrine staff, will become the new Director of Sacred Music. Becket Ghioto, the Shrine’s Director of Communications, had the chance to sit down and talk with Scott about his recent acceptance of his new role.
Becket: Scott, everyone is thrilled that you have accepted the position of Director of Sacred Music. Please, tell our Shrine community a little about who you are.
Scott: My father, a lifelong principal for the Minneapolis School system, was the music director at our parish when I was a boy, so I grew up in the choir loft. I’ve had the benefit of studying with some of the most wonderful organ and choral teachers in our land, and have been focusing my efforts toward the Mass for most of my life, in Boston, Washington, DC, Stamford, CT, Charleston, SC and recently back in Minneapolis.
Becket: That is an impressive history! Sacred music has been ingrained into you. So, what does music liturgy mean to you today?
Scott: In short, the beauty of the Mass. Mother Church has given us an almost endless source of Sacred Music especially suited to the Mass. The repertory of Gregorian chant alone, whose pieces number in the thousands, is music unique to the Mass. Add to that the polyphonic Church music from the 14th Cent. to the present day, and we have what seems an infinite quantity of glorious Musica Sacra to adorn the Mass. I feel it is incumbent upon us to mine these abundant sources, use them at Mass, and to pass on what is effectively a liturgical patrimony to our young people.
Becket: And now you bring that love for the Church’s Sacred Music to the Shrine. You could have chosen any musical career in the Church. Why did you accept this position at the Shrine?
Scott: Like many, the magnificence of the Shrine and her beautiful liturgies has drawn me in! I feel very fortunate indeed to be able to work for the Shrine and offer both organ and choral music to the Masses. The vision that His Eminence, Cardinal Burke has set forth for the Shrine is irresistibly compelling!
Becket: What is your vision for the future of the Shrine’s music liturgy?
Scott: I’ll try my best to build on the work of the fine musicians who have given much for the Shrine’s liturgies, and to expand and explore the treasury of choral, organ and congregational Sacred Music. I feel that education is also an important part of any church, and I hope to teach Gregorian chant, something which I have done for many years, as well as choral music, to those whose hearts are open. Lectures and symposia on the Church’s music are important too. The organ in the Shrine is a very beautiful one, and I hope its beautiful sounds may be heard by all who come to the Shrine as often as possible.
Please, join the Shrine staff in welcoming both Patrick Brueggen and Scott Turkington. Ask the Lord to bless them as they transition into their new roles.