Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series
2014 Meyer Lecture
The Most Reverend Arthur Roche
The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in preparation with a study of one of the key ideas around the changes in the liturgy - active participation. This notion was central to the Council Fathers' understanding of how the renewal of the council could be enacted in liturgy. We are pleased to welcome as Meyer Lecturer, a scholar with wide experience in this area: The Most Reverend Arthur Roche.
The Most Reverend Arthur Roche is Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Leeds and Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.
Archbishop Roche was born in Batley Carr, Yorkshire, in 1950. He was ordained a priest in 1975 by Bishop William Gordon Wheeler. After serving in parochial minitry and as private secretary to Bishop Wheeler, he was named Vice Chancellor of th Diocese of Leeds and joined the staff of the Cathedral Church of Saint Anne. He was spiritual director at the Venerable English College, and General Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of England and Wales. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2001. A year later, he was appointed Co-adjutor Bishop of Leeds with Right of Succession. Two years later, he became the ninth Bishop of Leeds. As Bishop of Leeds, he also served as the chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Under his leadership, the English translation of the Third typical edition of the Roman Missal was completed. In 2012, he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments and raised to Archbishop with the title Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Leeds.
Archbishop Roche studied at St. Alban's College in Valladolid, Spain, where he obtained a degree in theology from the Comillas Pontifical University. He later did post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
The respondents to Archbishop Roche will include the Rev. Douglas A. Martis, associate professor of sacramental theology and Director of the Liturgical Institute and the Rev. Ronald Kunkel, assistant professor of sacramental theology and Director of Liturgy at Mundelein Seminary.