What is ICEL?
The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) is a mixed commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences in countries where English is used in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the Roman Rite. The purpose of the Commission is to prepare English translations of each of the Latin liturgical books and any individual liturgical texts in accord with the directives of the Holy See.
Eleven Conferences of Bishops are currently full members of ICEL. They are: Australia, Canada, England and Wales, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Scotland, Southern African, and the United States of America.
Each of these Conferences
elects one bishop to represent it on the Commission. The members
are at present:
The Most Revd Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, Australia
The Most Revd Brian J. Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, Canada
The Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, Wales
The Most Revd Dominic Jala, S.D.B., Archbishop of Shillong,
The Most Revd Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, Ireland
The Most Revd Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand
The Most Revd Andrew Francis, Bishop Emeritus of Multan, Pakistan
The Most Revd Julius Tonel, Bishop of Ipil, the Philippines
The Most Revd Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen,
The Most Revd Valentine Seane, Bishop of Gaborone,
The Most Revd Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson, New
In addition, there are fifteen other Conferences of Bishops
where English is used in the Liturgy to a lesser extent, though they have
access to liturgical texts prepared by ICEL.
The Bishops of ICEL are assisted in their work by the
professional staff of ICEL’s Secretariat, which is located in Washington, D.C.
The Secretariat coordinates the work of specialists throughout the English-speaking
world in the preparation of translations.
When an ICEL translation has been completed and approved by
the Bishops of the Commission, it is sent to the Member and Associate-Member Conferences
for their consideration.
ICEL itself is not a publisher of liturgical books and
related materials in the usual sense. Rather, like individual authors,
translators, or editors, it provides the content of such publications to the
Conferences who in turn authorize publishing firms.
Bishops from English-speaking countries attending the Second
Vatican Council set up the Commission in Rome
in 1963. On 15 September 2003, the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments formally established ICEL as a mixed
commission in accordance with the Holy See's Instruction Liturgiam authenticam.