In the News

Dappled Things: A Journal of Ideas, Art & Faith – September 2019

“In our era, new musical Mass settings are rarely commissioned. So, it’s notable that a new musical Mass was commissioned and premiered at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in San Francisco last December. For this article, I interviewed by email the respected Bay Area traditional sacred music composer, Frank La Rocca, who composed the Mass. We discussed when it is legitimate to call a musical composition a “Mass” and how he was able to incorporate multiple languages and non-traditional musical instruments and elevate them into a composition suitable for the sacred liturgy of the Catholic Church.’”

National Catholic Register – August 3, 2019

“The archbishop noted that Frank La Rocca, the Benedict XVI Institute’s composer-in-residence, ‘created a superb new Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception called The Mass of the Americas.’ Its premiere was broadcast on EWTN and was so well received that, after being performed at San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, La Rocca’s composition went to Tijuana and will be heading in the future to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., the Houston Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and then on to Mexico City, Rome and beyond, ‘because it is both beautiful and original, and yet clearly part of the great sacred music tradition of the Church.’”

Mosaic TV – April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 5:30 am KPIX television Channel 5, CBS Bay Area
The Benedict XVI Institute seeks to “open the door of beauty” as a path to God. On this episode of Mosaic, director Maggie Gallagher discusses the many activities of the Institute and its already numerous contributions and achievements in liturgy, sacred music, and the arts. Past episodes of Mosaic are archived and viewable at

Catholic Arts and Artists, Mosaic TV – February 2019


Musings of a Pertinacious Paptist – September 4, 2018

Latin Masses Debut at San Quentin Prison

Catholic Community Radio – September 4, 2018

SF Chronicle – September 3, 2018

Round-up of news – Leah Garchik

New Liturgical Movement – August 28, 2018

Latin Mass to be Sung in San Quentin by Gregory Di Pippo

The Coming Home Network International – August 24, 2018

The CHNetwork Weekly Roundup #119

Sonrise Morning Show – August 23, 2018

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News: August 15, 2018

Benedict XVI Institute At San Quentin By Mary Rezac

The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough – August 14, 2018

Latin Mass for Prisoners

Mid-City Christian Ministry Network – August 1, 2018

Chant Camps Popping Up In San Francisco

California Catholic Daily: July 31, 2018

Chant Camps Popping Up in San Francisco Archdiocese

The Crux Now: July 28, 2018 (Pick up from CNA article)

Bay area project expands Gregorian chant instruction to children, teens

California Catholic Daily, December 20, 2017

Palo Alto’s secret gift to the Church – Roseanne Sullivan