Saturday, June 27, 2015

Worship Director named for Archdiocese of Portland

Jesson Mata

The Archdiocese of Portland has a new director for the Office of Divine Worship. Jesson Mata, former director of liturgy and music at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle, has accepted the position.

“Divine worship is at the heart of everything we do as the People of God in western Oregon,” says Archbishop Alexander Sample.

The archbishop calls Mata “an exceptional candidate” with the background, knowledge, talent and excellent communication skills needed to be successful.

“His thorough knowledge of and passion for the sacred liturgy will be a tremendous support to me and our pastors and parishes,” the archbishop says, asking that people keep the office in their prayers.

Mata will start work at the pastoral center on July 7. 

A native of the Philippines, Mata was raised in a Catholic household and came to the United States with his family at age 9. He quickly learned English and became fascinated with American culture and politics.

He studied political science and philosophy at Seattle University and later continued his studies in philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Mata directed liturgy and music for 10 years at Blessed Sacrament, where he developed liturgical and musical programs aimed at centralizing the focus of worship on the Eucharist. He worked with hundreds of volunteers and taught and trained liturgical and music ministers.

As a former seminarian with the Dominican Order, Mata developed a love for prayer and a devotion to the Eucharist. He focused study and prayer on the liturgy, particularly on the development of the celebration of the Mass as well as the Divine Office. He gives talks on the topics.

Mata’s devotion to the Eucharist originated from his work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, where he volunteered alongside the Sisters to attend to the poor, dying, and orphaned. He prayed the Mass with the sisters each morning and ended the day with adoration. He also spent many hours praying at Mother Teresa’s tomb.

Mata says he is most excited to share his faith and pray with the people of the Archdiocese of Portland. He is looking forward to meeting clergy and the lay faithful and hopes to deepen their love of the sacred liturgy.

Mata says he plans to hike and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. He is an avid gardener, a health and fitness enthusiast, and a photographer.


Anonymous said...

I am astounded. He does not seem to have any musical degree, and yet has been appointed to this official capacity. He must be very capable. Does he play any instruments? Sing? He may be good at directing altar servers. He may be good at setting up altars. May God help him to put forth what the Church actually desires for Her Liturgies. (As an example: not putting forth the songs that OCP would have us substitute for the actual Propers of the Holy Mass.) May he spurn OCP in favor of the chanting of the actual Psalms (the Propers). May he also vigorously promote the sung Mass (actually the norm) over the spoken Mass always.

VOCAL said...

Dear Anonymous,

I don't know his music background. It would be amazing if he didn't have some musical background

It's understandable about Focusing on the chanting of actual Psalms instead of OCP.

OCP has is a big production and it might take an act of God for it to change into something more Catholic. It's sad that so many people are satisfied with the mundane when such beautiful uplifting music is available.

I'll try to find out what the scoop it.

God Bless...hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Ask him about his boyfriend Doug.

VOCAL said...