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About Benedict XVI Institute

“The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.” -Pope Benedict XVI

The greatest problem we face both inside and outside the Church is:  the loss of the sense of the sacred. In a busy and distracted society, people from all walks of life hunger for deep meaning, for the timeless, for the transcendent. They hunger for the presence of God.

The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship’s unique mission is to open the door of Beauty to God.

We pursue this mission through two great strategies: providing practical resources for more beautiful and reverent liturgies and energizing a Catholic culture of the arts.

Our core vision: The greatest art, the greatest liturgy the Catholic Church has ever produced is yet to come.

“This is still the commitment that I ask of you today: to help… ministers, cantors, artists, musicians, to cooperate so that the liturgy may be the ‘font and the summit of the vitality of the Church.”
-Pope Francis

1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, California 94109

Maggie Gallagher, Executive Director


our leadership

staff team

Executive Director

Maggie Gallagher

Chant Composer

Fr. Samuel F. Weber

Executive Assistant

Anthony Bargas

Artistic team


Frank La Rocca


James Matthew Wilson


Richard Sparks

Music Director of Archbishop Schola

Rebekah Wu

Children's Chant Camp Consultant

Mary Ann Carr-Wilson

Senior Fellow, St. Junipero Serra

Amy Giuliano


Board Member

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Board Member

Bishop Michael Barber

Board Member

Mark Brumley

Board Member

Christoph Tietze

Board Member

Richard Vigilante

Board Member

Fr. Brandon Macadaeg

Board Member

Deacon Frank Reilly

Board Member

Bishop Robert F. Vasa

Board Member

Moira Conzelman

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