Gerard Chiusano

A gifted composer and arranger—and a graduate of Juilliard as well as a master's candidate at The College of Saint Elizabeth—Gerard brings his impressive credentials to every song he writes, every assembly he leads in worship and every workshop he presents.

Bring Gerard Chiusano to your next event

Bring Gerard Chiusano to your next event

To respond to a new season of extraordinary hope and renewal, Gerard has prepared several workshops and days of reflection for parish life. For more information about bring Gerard to your community, please click on the book now tab!

THE WOOD AND THE STONE
This retreat experience, led by Gerard and his wife Mary, is intended to lead participants struggling with loss and grief to a newfound hope in Christ. Through song, guided meditation and reflection, the pair hopes to help individuals and communities to work through the wide-ranging emotions associated with grief in this three-part morning or evening event.

BLESSED ARE THE SORROWFUL
HOW TO DEVELOP A LIFE-GIVING FUNERAL MINISTRY
All people are touched and affected by the death of a loved one at some point in their lives. The Church mourns with those who grieve, and offers hope in the Resurrection of Christ. As Church, we are called to minister to the grieving, that their loss may be comforted in the love of the Lord. Whether your parish has 10 funerals year or 100, learn tools that will help you develop a funeral ministry that will help you develop a funeral ministry that will guide the sorrowful through their time of grief and the joy of the Resurrection.

MINISTRY IN A TIME OF MERCY
FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY AND BEYOND
Mercy is commonly defined as forbearance or kindness; in particular, mercy usually involves kindness shown at a time when it’s difficult to extend. Easy to say, but how do we do that? Mercy is needed because neither the world we live in nor the people who inhabit it are perfect. And the surprise of mercy is, that by showing mercy to others, we receive it in our own life! With guided meditations, music and prayer discover ways to be one with the risen Christ as evidenced through his suffering, death and resurrection. End this declared Year of Mercy by commissioning the community to go forth

YOU ARE BAPTIZED...NOW ACT LIKE IT!
As reflected in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, baptism is to be lived out! How do these roles give us cause to live out our baptism? We are commissioned to think of our faith not simply as a part-time affair focused largely on what we do within the gathered “space” of the parish community, but instead the way we incarnate (live out) what we believe about God and God's world. Recall and give thanks for your own moment of adoption into the family of God.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
SOUND LITURGICAL PRACTICES
People who attend Mass regularly need to be engaged. Understand the importance and connections of the liturgy in all its aspects. Good liturgy evolves into beauty, fullness, and reverence in the Mass. It is not merely an intellectual creature, but also an experiential one where practice and experience are important teachers to children and adults alike. Learn skills that can make all liturgy life-giving.

CALLED TO HIS TABLE
CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST
What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine? The Eucharist is one of the most important and vital aspects of the Catholic faith. By learning the history and meaning of this most holy gathering, music ministers will be able to help the community celebrate the Eucharist with reverence and relevance.

THE MULTI-MEDIA PARISH
DEVELOPMENT OF AN AV TEAM
Learn the proper use of audio/visual technology, PowerPoint, projection. Develop a team which ensures that the technical aspects of Mass are met with reverence and with excellence. This “behind the scenes” ministry is key to inviting full, conscious, and active participation of the congregation.

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A Gentle Shepherd

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Events

To respond to a new season of extraordinary hope and renewal, Gerard has prepared several workshops and days of reflection for parish life. For more information about bring Gerard to your community, please click on the book now tab!

THE WOOD AND THE STONE
This retreat experience, led by Gerard and his wife Mary, is intended to lead participants struggling with loss and grief to a newfound hope in Christ. Through song, guided meditation and reflection, the pair hopes to help individuals and communities to work through the wide-ranging emotions associated with grief in this three-part morning or evening event.

BLESSED ARE THE SORROWFUL
HOW TO DEVELOP A LIFE-GIVING FUNERAL MINISTRY
All people are touched and affected by the death of a loved one at some point in their lives. The Church mourns with those who grieve, and offers hope in the Resurrection of Christ. As Church, we are called to minister to the grieving, that their loss may be comforted in the love of the Lord. Whether your parish has 10 funerals year or 100, learn tools that will help you develop a funeral ministry that will help you develop a funeral ministry that will guide the sorrowful through their time of grief and the joy of the Resurrection.

MINISTRY IN A TIME OF MERCY
FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY AND BEYOND
Mercy is commonly defined as forbearance or kindness; in particular, mercy usually involves kindness shown at a time when it’s difficult to extend. Easy to say, but how do we do that? Mercy is needed because neither the world we live in nor the people who inhabit it are perfect. And the surprise of mercy is, that by showing mercy to others, we receive it in our own life! With guided meditations, music and prayer discover ways to be one with the risen Christ as evidenced through his suffering, death and resurrection. End this declared Year of Mercy by commissioning the community to go forth

YOU ARE BAPTIZED...NOW ACT LIKE IT!
As reflected in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, baptism is to be lived out! How do these roles give us cause to live out our baptism? We are commissioned to think of our faith not simply as a part-time affair focused largely on what we do within the gathered “space” of the parish community, but instead the way we incarnate (live out) what we believe about God and God's world. Recall and give thanks for your own moment of adoption into the family of God.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
SOUND LITURGICAL PRACTICES
People who attend Mass regularly need to be engaged. Understand the importance and connections of the liturgy in all its aspects. Good liturgy evolves into beauty, fullness, and reverence in the Mass. It is not merely an intellectual creature, but also an experiential one where practice and experience are important teachers to children and adults alike. Learn skills that can make all liturgy life-giving.

CALLED TO HIS TABLE
CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST
What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine? The Eucharist is one of the most important and vital aspects of the Catholic faith. By learning the history and meaning of this most holy gathering, music ministers will be able to help the community celebrate the Eucharist with reverence and relevance.

THE MULTI-MEDIA PARISH
DEVELOPMENT OF AN AV TEAM
Learn the proper use of audio/visual technology, PowerPoint, projection. Develop a team which ensures that the technical aspects of Mass are met with reverence and with excellence. This “behind the scenes” ministry is key to inviting full, conscious, and active participation of the congregation.

Book Gerard Chiusano

Catechetical Conference

Gerard will serve as facilitator for the Diocesan Leadership Day. Please contact event host for further details.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Catholic Renewal Center
Lubbock, TX, US

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Bio

Gerard Chiusano started in music ministry at the age of 10. A gifted composer and arranger, he studied composition and piano in the college prep program at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating with honors and receiving an honorary scholarship. He continued his studies in composition at the Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, both in New York City, and he has a Bachelor of Music from Thomason Edison University. As a director of music, he has served parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey.

Gerard has several collections of liturgical music to his credit, including On This Mountain, Maranatha and Waiting for Love, written with his wife, Mary Chiusano. The latter is an Advent-Christmas cantata for children and adults designed for use by Catholic schools and parishes. His songs “With These Ashes” and “Maranatha” are well known to Breaking Bread parishes. Gerard recently collaborated, once again, with Mary on The Wood and the Stone, a new collection of music and guided meditations to help those struggling with loss and grief.

Another component of this new collection is a retreat experience led by Gerard and Mary involving song, meditation and reflection, intended to lead participants to a newfound hope in Christ. Gerard has also given workshops locally for the Archdiocese of Newark and nationally for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). Experienced in a variety of musical styles and genres, he can lead sessions on liturgy and prayer as well as spiritual events.

Gerard is currently pastoral associate for music and liturgical formation at The Catholic Community of St. Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey. He is in the process of completing a master's degree in theology at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey.

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