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Michael R. Prendergast has more than 35 years experience as a musician and liturgist at the parish, cathedral and diocesan levels. A native of the diocese of Helena, Montana, Michael served as the cathedral musician at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota. Before coming to Portland in the fall of 2000, he was Director of the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings in Eastern Montana. He served as OCP’s liturgy specialist and editor of Today’s Liturgy, during which time he received two Catholic Press Association awards as an editor and author, until the spring of 2007. Michael is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland, serves as the director of liturgy and music at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Portland, OR and is the founder of Sacred Liturgy Ministries, a liturgical consulting firm.

Michael has given workshops on liturgy and music in the United States, Canada and Germany. He has been a clinician for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), the Southwest Liturgical Conference (SWLC), the National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM), University of Dallas Ministry Conference and several diocesan and archdiocesan convocations. Michael is the editor of two award winning Pastoral Press books, Full, Conscious and Active Participation: Twenty-Five Years of Today's Liturgy and Voices from the Council. He is the co-author, with William Belford and Glenn CJ Byer, of Parish Liturgy Basics (Pastoral Press). Additional books are Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest, Revised Edition: A Pastoral Liturgical Commentary published by the FDLC, The Song of the Assembly Pastoral Music in Practice: Essays in Honor of Father Virgil C. Funk (editor with Bari Colombari) and co-author with Glenn CJ Byer of Hospitality Basics, Pastoral Press. Additional books are author of Guided by Grace: Prayers for Worship Committees, World Library Publications, 2009. and Guide for Liturgy Committees (co-author with Paul Turner) Liturgy Training Publications, 2009. Since 2011 Michael has been a regular contributor to LTP's Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons, and is a compiler of LTP's Pronunciation Guide for the Lectionary. He recently contributed to LTP's 4 volume set of the Liturgy Documents, writing the overviews for "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest";  "Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest"; "Gathered in Steadfast Faith"; "General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours"; "Divino afflatu"; "Abhinic duos annos"; "Inter Oecumenici" and "Marialis Cultus." His most recent publication is Keeping the Seasons / Celebremos los tiempos litúrgicos: Reproducibles for Advent-Christmas 2013-14 (LTP).

Michael served on the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) task force for the revision of the ritual book Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest that was published by the USCCB in the spring of 2007.

Michael has written on topics related to music and liturgy in Pastoral Music, Liturgical Ministry, New Theological Review, Today’s Liturgy, Rite, Pastoral Liturgy, Today’s Parish Minister, Liguorian, Celebrate! and Catechumenate. He holds a master’s in theological studies from Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a master's in liturgical studies from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Michael holds membership in the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), Catholic Academy of Liturgy (CAL), National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), and the National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM). From 2008-2013 Michael served as a FORUM team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. To learn more about Michael visit