Mackey Lecture – November 4, 2017


Open Your Hearts: Liturgy and Immigration

A joint lecture by Pedro Rubalcava and Bro. Rufino Zaragoza, OFM

8:30 a.m. Mystical Rose Oratory

Pedro Rubalcava is a nationally known bilingual/bicultural clinician, composer and performer with expertise in various musical styles. He has been directing liturgical music groups for more than 40 years. He has been working in professional pastoral ministry in various areas, including liturgy and music, evangelization, youth and young adult ministry, catechetical ministry and RCIA for the past 31 years.

Pedro received national recognition in 1990 when Amanecer, his bilingual music coll
ection, was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Mexican/American Performance category.

Currently, Pedro is the Director of Hispanic ministries for OCP. He also serves on the Pedro Rubalcavaexecutive boards of the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia (INHL), the National Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM) and the Northwest Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs (NWROHA).

He resides in Damascus, Oregon, with his wife, Kristin.




Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bro. Rufino Zaragoza, OFM holds a bachelor’s in zaragozarchurch music from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and a master’s in theological studies, focusing on liturgical studies, from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Nurtured in Franciscan spirituality for over thirty years, Brother Rufino Zaragoza serves as a liturgical music consultant based in the Diocese of Orange, California.

He has written numerous articles in various liturgy magazines and has presented at conferences across the country, including Southwest Liturgical Conference (SWLC), National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). In collaboration with Viatorian Father Mark Francis, Rufino was
a contributor to Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community, the revised document on multicultural liturgies published by the FDLC.

Currently, Rufino spends part of each year in Southeast Asia developing English worship resources and supporting English Mass choirs in Vietnam and in the surrounding region. He has a special interest in liturgical inculturation and has published articles on various aspects of Vietnamese Catholicism. He has pioneered multilingual song collections in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and prepared worship resources drawing from each of those cultural traditions. Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) publishes his compositions and instrumental CDs like A Sacred PlaceLonging Heart/Con Tim Khát Khaoand Love’s Radiant Light.