The 2013 McManus Award


On Oct. 11, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions awarded its Frederick R. McManus Award to Father Paul Turner.
Father Turner is a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and a noted scholar on the liturgy. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a prolific writer of books and articles. In 2011 he led several seminars in the Diocese of Camden on implementation of the revised Missal.
The McManus Award particularly recognized his contributions to dioceses, presbyterates, and parishes, as they prepared for the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal.
“I’m the wrong guy,” he quipped in accepting the award.
But he also encouraged the assembly to listen to God’s call.
“Other people might know you better than you do. Always, God knows you better than you do,” he said. “You may not know what all your gifts are. But when you figure them out, you’ll also realize that you got them for a reason. You got those gifts because you are the right person. Give them back for the glory of God.”