About Louis Tofari

Louis J. Tofari is an author, instructor, speaker, and consultant on liturgical matters of the traditional Roman Rite.

 

In addition to his extensive ceremonial experience, he is also a publisher and has a background in liturgical printing.

 

Mr. Tofari was also instrumental in the revival of the traditional form of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen.

Outlined below is a brief resume of his extensive work and experience over the last 20 years.

See the Testimonies page for what others have to say about Louis Tofari's work and expertise.

Writer and Researcher

Instructor and Speaker
  • Provided on-site training for servers, sacristans, and clergy

  • Hosted instructional seminars and conferences for servers, MCs, and women's altar sodalities

  • Prepared trainers to teach serving positions and ceremonies

  • Taught ceremonies in religious formative curriculum (1996-1998)

  • Radio show host of Learning About the Roman Liturgy (LARL)

 

Consultant on Liturgical Matters
  • Provided assistance and advice about:

- rubrics and liturgical law

- sanctuary design and appointments

- sacristy organization

- church architecture aspects and prescriptions (e.g., review of drawings)

- material requisites (vestments, sacred vessels, etc.)

  • Referenced for suppliers, manufactures and restorers of liturgical materials

  • Designed and assisted with altar construction and other church items

Master of Ceremonies
  • Extensive ceremonial experience as MC includes special rites and Pontifical functions (e.g., church dedication, consecration of altar, and ordinations)

Publisher and Liturgical Printing

Advised, collaborated or assisted with the following publishers:

Angelus Press

Preserving Christian Publications

Reprint manager during a freelance tenure for these projects:

 

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

 

Liturgical Typography and Publishing
  • Expertise in various aspects of liturgical printing and typography (type faces and layout)

  • Reprinted several liturgically-related books and printed items:

- Benziger Brothers' 1962 Missale Romanum (this project required specialized knowledge about liturgical binding and other manufacturing details)

- Learning the Mass: A Guide for Priests and Seminarians

- Rubrics of the Roman Breviary and Missal

- The Roman Martyrology

- USA Breviary Propers insert

- Leonine Exorcism insert

  • Designed and printed other related items, such as:

- Supplement of feasts proper to USA for 1962 Pustet Missale Romanum

- Compiled and designed Benziger missal's Table of Moveable Feasts (Tabella) supplement (updated to 2067 AD)

- Altar, Sacristy, Confessional and Leonine Prayers cards

- Cards to aid (novice) celebrant during Mass and Communion Rite

- Ritual booklets (e.g., Rite of Betrothal)

  • Initiated importation of liturgical items into United States from Europe, such as:

- Liber Uusalis

- Diurnale Romanum

- Rituale Romanum

- Breviarium Romanum

- Versus Psalmorum

- Pustet Missale Romanum (standard and travel sizes)

- Altar and sanctuary cards (Asperges, Confiteor, Intonation)

- Breviary prayers inserts

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Ambassador for the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen
  • Assisted with introduction of Guild of St. Stephen in United States (1996)

  • Acted as National Secretary for Guild chapters in USA (1996-2006)

  • Procured and supplied Guild materials

  • Designed and printed various Guild items

  • Oversaw formation of chapters throughout the world

  • Founder, editor, writer and publisher of The Acolyte magazine (1998)

  • Reprinted The Altar Servers' Handbook

  • Founding president of several chapters

 
 
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