I have known Peter Scagnelli since the fall of 1962 when we both entered the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton MA (now Gordon-Conwell Divinity School). We have been close friends ever since those days. Here is a short bio of my dear friend:
Peter entered the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton MA in August 1962 and graduated in June 1966. He went to “Fifth Year” at Mount Carmel College in August 1966 and, after a year, entered the Carmelite Novitiate at New Baltimore PA in August 1967. He left the novitiate in March 1968.
He returned home to Framingham and later graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He put himself through school as “DJ Tom Lyons” on rock-n-roll station WILI-AM in Willimantic CT.
After graduation, he attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton MA for the diocese of Boston but later switched to the Diocese of Providence. He was ordained in Providence in 1976 by Bishop Louis Gelineau, whom he served as Director of Worship and Liturgy, with residence at the chancery.
After a few years, he was off to St. Anselm College in Manchester NH as a postulant for the Benedictines. He later returned to the diocese of Providence and served a number of parishes. Finally, he returned to Framingham to care for his ailing father while pursuing a Ph.D. at Boston University.
Peter wrote and published hymns, prayers, sourcebooks for parish celebrations, liturgy training publications, homily notes for Sunday sermons and extensive translations from Latin to English. As correctly noted above, he worked for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).
My apologies if I have omitted or incorrectly reported any information.
I miss him dearly. He was a man for all seasons who marched to his own drummer.
May he rest in Peace. Amen.
Monday July 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm