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Masses, Compline, and Special Liturgies

We’re committed to promoting a Catholic and Salesian presence on our campus by offering beautiful and inspired liturgies which serve to deepen our communion with Christ.

Our patron, St. Francis DeSales, tells us the Eucharistic celebration is “the Sun of all spiritual exercises from which all other spiritual exercises flow.”

Masses

Members of the CLMS serve as cantors for campus Mass.

  • Sunday AM Mass with Choir: Vested in blue cassocks, our Liturgical Choir under direction of Dr. Ryan Mullaney enhances the liturgy with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to significant works by contemporary composers accompanied by Dr. Dennis Varley on our majestic Austin pipe organ and piano.
  • Sunday PM “Candlelight” Mass: offers a gentle atmosphere and reflective music to enhance this beautiful way to end the day.
  • For all Mass times and locations, see Campus Ministry

Compline (sung Night Prayer)

Compline (Night Prayer), sung every Thursday night, is the last of the eight daily “Offices” in the Roman Catholic liturgy which were instituted by the early Christians to allow them “to pray unceasingly.” Consisting of a sequence of brief Gregorian chants which offer thanks to God for the blessings of the day and ask for his protection during the coming night, Compline is a calm and reflective way to end the day.  

Note: Any student who would like a copy of the book The Office of Compline, which we use for this service, can request a copy from Dr. Varley, gratis, as a gift from the Madison-Varley endowment.     

Special Liturgies

Throughout the academic year, various liturgies, including the Patron’s Day Mass honoring St. Francis DeSales on his feast day, January 24; Evening Prayer to honor the dead on November 2, and Mass of Welcome — held at the beginning of the academic year — are enhanced by the music of our choirs.

Upcoming Events

Oct 17
Sunday Candlelight Mass
Connelly Chapel 6:00PM

Gaudeamus

Responding to the command “Gaudete” (Rejoice) given in the antiphon of the Mass on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudeamus (We rejoice) celebrates our anxious and joyful preparation for the celebration of Christmas and especially for the second coming of Christ. Originally created by Dr. Dennis Varley and first presented on our campus in 1989, this perennially sold-out candlelight concert is a seasonal gift to the wider campus community.  Tickets are available beginning November 1 each year.
DeSales Gaudeamus 2019 Winter Concert
AnnualSpringConcert-choir2021

Annual Spring Concert

This annual event showcases the body of work cultivated by the combined choirs throughout the academic year. It often features a thematic program, which either surveys repertory of a certain genre or time-period, or a concept-based program. The choirs also present a choral masterwork, complete with orchestra, on alternating years.
Watch the 2021 Annual Spring Concert

A Penitential Procession

Join the DeSales University Schola Cantorum as they complete A Penitential Procession during the season of Lent. Presented in both Connelly Chapel as well as a host church in the Diocese, this service of choral music and prayer followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament draws us into the spirit of this holy season.
Hands in Prayer Stained Glass at Connelly Chapel