Michael R. Prendergast has nearly 40 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.
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.
Michael is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland and serves as the director of liturgy and music at St. Andrew Parish in Portland, Oregon.
Michael has written on topics related to music and liturgy in Pastoral Music, Church, Liturgical Ministry, New Theology Review, Today's Liturgy, Rite, Pastoral Liturgy, Today's Parish Minister, Celebrate, Deacon Digest, At Home with the Word, Sourcebook for Sunday and Seasons and Catechumenate. He holds a masters degree in theological studies from Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a masters degree in liturgical studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
From 2007-2013, Michael served as a FORUM team member for the North American Forum on the Catchumenate.
Vatican II: People of God / Body of Christ
Ecumenicall/Interfaith: Collaboration and Dialogue
Scripture and Tradition: Embracing the Living Word of God
Paschal Mystery: Worship, Sacraments, Prayer, Spirituality, Music, and the Arts
Hospitality: Inclusion and Inter-Cultural Sensitivity
Catechesis: Ongoing Faith Formation and Mystagogy
Ministry, Mission and Service: Embracing the Gospel Mandate