Rector of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence in 1978, Monsignor Anthony Mancini has served in several parishes in the diocese, and was pastor of Holy Cross parish in Providence for nine years. Monsignor Mancini was named Rector of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in 2004. A long time protege of Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin, Monsignor Mancini founded the Gregorian Concert Choir in 1987 to preserve that rich legacy of traditional church music while continuing to expand their repertoire with contemporary sacred choral works. In addition to serving as Cathedral Rector, Monsignor Mancini is also the Music Director.
Monsignor Mancini has himself composed numerous pieces, ranging from settings of various psalms to a Marian liturgy, Mary Our Mother, commissioned in honor of the parish jubilee, and a Jubilee Te Deum premiered in Calabria in Southern Italy as part of a symposium on sacred music in 2000. In 1994, Monsignor Mancini studied choral conducting for a semester at the Royal School of Church Music in London, England. His teachers included Mary Sadovnikoff, Stephen Martorella and the late Paul Nelson.
ln 2008, Monsignor Mancini was named a Chaplain to His Holiness with the honorary title Monsignor. Monsignor Mancini's music is published by Cantica Nova Publications. The Gregorian Concert Choir is now the resident choir of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, having succeeded the Peloquin Chorale in that role upon Dr. Peloquin's retirement in 1991. In addition to their participation in diocesan liturgies, they perform in concerts extensively throughout the diocese each year. The Gregorian Concert Choir under Monsignor Mancini's direction has performed several times at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome as well as at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Among their outstanding achievements is the preservation of the musical legacy of the late Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin through liturgical and concert performances of his works.