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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Religious and Pastoral Studies

Francis X. Klose, DLitt, first came to Cabrini as a substitute chapel musician in 2004, and soon became the college’s music minister. Shortly after, Klose joined the religious studies faculty as an adjunct faculty member, a post he held until he joined the department full-time in fall of 2015.

Klose has served as a parish director of music in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1999, and is currently director of music at his home parish, St. Katherine of Siena parish in Northeast Philadelphia. He also is an elected board member of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians.

Klose earned a doctor of letters degree from Drew University, a master of education at Cabrini College, a master of arts in Theological Studies from La Salle University, and a bachelor of arts in English Literature from La Salle University.

Area of Expertise

Liturgy, liturgical music, pastoral ministry, the spirituality of sports, Second Vatican Council, practical theology, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and ethics


  • Abstract of doctoral dissertation, “No Rigid Uniformity?” Music in the American Roman Catholic Liturgy Since the Second Vatican Council published in Fall/Winter edition of American Catholic Studies


  • Grogan, Paul and Kirsteen Kim, ed. The New Evangelization: Faith, People, Context and Practice. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Pp. 296 + xii. $83.99. ISBN 978-0-567-65737-4.
  • Hughes, Cheryl C.D. Katharine Drexel: The Riches-To Rags Story of an American Saint. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. VII + pp. 275. ISBN 978-0-8028-6992-0.
  • Eagleton, Terry. Culture and the Death of God. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014. pp. x + 234. $26.00 hb.
  • Carvalho, Corinne. Pastoral Essays in Honor of Lawrence Boadt, CSP. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Books, 2013. Pp. xii + 162. $18.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8091-4838-7.
  • Peterson, Cheryl M. Who is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the Twenty-First Century. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013. viii + 153 pages. $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8006-9881-2.
  • Beaudoin, Tom, ed. Secular Music and Sacred Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013. XXIV + pp. 169. ISBN 978-0-8146-8024-7.

“Pray Tell” by Liturgical Press:

  • “What Music Will be Used at the World Meeting of Families?”
  • “The Papal Mass and Festival of Families are a Hot Ticket in Philadelphia”
  • “Pope Francis: ‘See You in Philadelphia’ as Pilgrims Arrive and World Meeting of Families Opens”
  • “Live at 2:30 p.m.: Bishop Robert Barron Gives Keynote Address at World Meeting of Famililes”
  • “Spanish Papal Choir Will Unveil Three New Verses to Morales’ ‘Himno Eucaristico’”
  • “Plenty of Tickets Remain for the Festival of Families, Where Pope Francis Will Appear”
  • “The Papal Mass on the Parkway and Sunday Obligation”
  • “Children’s Choir Director: World Meeting of Families Offers Chance to See ‘A Side of the Church People Do Not Get to See’”
  • “'Knotted Grotto’ is Set Up Outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for Unity in Prayer”
  •  “A Look into the Official World Meeting of Families Hymn, ‘Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom’”
  • “Are Papal Events Too Disruptive? Perception Leads to ‘Popecations’, Low Turnout”
  • “In Philadelphia, Only the Ticketed Can Stay in Secure Area; Homeless Must Go”
  • “The Mural Pope Francis Signed is Part of a Network of Social Justice Murals in Philadelphia”
  • “Expert: Papal Mass Numbers were Largely Exaggerated”
  • “Fiat 500L Cars Pope Francis Used in United States will be Auctioned for Charity”
  • “Full Texts of Homilies and Addresses of Pope Francis in U.S., All Worship Programs Released”
  • “With Much Music Unsung, Papal Choir Will Offer Concert in Philadelphia”
  • “What Music Will be Used at the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass?”
  • “Glory to God in the… Oh, Nevermind”
  • “The ‘Throwaway Culture’ and the Way We Worship”
  • “The Revised Liturgy and Being Sent Forth for Justice”



  • (Upcoming, accepted) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2016: “’Rigid Uniformity’ and ‘Full, Conscious and Active Participation:’ The Challenge of Music in the American Roman Catholic Liturgy
  • (Upcoming, accepted): Pope Francis Symposium, Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH, November, 2016: “Encuentro, the New Evangelization and the Power of Music in the Liturgy”
  • Charity in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions Conference, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, March 2015: “Doorways to Peace: How one Inner-City Mosque in Philadelphia Became a Model for Justice and Charity”
  • Catholic Social Tradition Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 2015: “Singing a New Song: Promoting the Vision of Peace and Justice in Gaudium et Spes through Music in the Liturgy”
  • Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society, Latrobe, PA, May 2014: “Where Art Thou? Functionalism in Music in the Roman Catholic Liturgy”.
  • Conference, “Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond”, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, April 2013: “The Struggle of the Spirit: Vatican II and Liturgical Music”

Awards and Recognition

  • Cabrini College Adjunct Faculty of the Year (2014)

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