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  • Poverty, Beauty, Simplicity and the Sacred Liturgy: A Mystagogical Approach

    March 14, 2014

    Join the Liturgical Institute for a day-long investigation into the theological meanings of poverty, simplicity, beauty and how all contribute to the Christian life and the worship of God. WIth speakers Dr. Michael Foley, Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Dr. Keith Lemna, Dr. Denis McNamara, and Dr. Mattew Levering.

    Click here to register online.

    For more information or to receive registration materials by mail, please call 847.837.4542.


    The Liturgical Tradition of the Church Joins Hands With Pope Francis' New Call for Poverty and Simplicity!

    Poverty, beauty and simplicity are often misunderstood terms. Each has a set of theological meanings relevant to the worship of God, for it is in poverty of spirit that we approach God through beautiful liturgy which shows a clear and evident simplicity consonant with the nature of the Roman Rite. Join the Liturgical Institute for an engaging day of learning and prayer to discover how the rich tradition of the Church blends seamlessly into today’s newly-rediscovered call for poverty and simplicity.

    Day Schedule Friday, March 14, 2014

    Conference Center, University of Saint Mary of the Lake
    Check-in and coffee open at 8:30 am

    9:30 Sung Morning Prayer

    10:00 Session I: Beauty, Poverty and Simplicity and Theologically Understood
    Dr. Michael Foley, Baylor University

    11:15 Session II: Beauty and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Denis McNamara, The Liturgical Institute

    12:15 Midday Prayer

    1:45 Session III: Poverty and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Wheaton College

    3:00 Session IV: Simplicity and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Keith Lemna, St. Meinrad Seminary

    4:15 Summary and Comment
    Dr. Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

    4:45 Sung Evening Prayer and adjourn


    Plus a bonus opportunity! 

    Dr. Lauren Pristas of Caldwell College lectures on her new book The Collects of the Romans Missals of 1962 and 2002 as part of the Liturgical Institute's Hillenbrand Lecture Series. Come early if you like and enjoy this informative lecture at no charge. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13th, USML campus, Theology Aula (Building ten on the linked map). Free and open to the public.



    Dr. Michael Foley is associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. He is the author of Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday? The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything and Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services.

    Dr. Keith Lemna is currently Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary. He has published scholarly articles in Antiphon, The Heythrop Journal, Nova et Vetera, and Communio. Currently his research deals with the meeting of Trinitarian metaphysics, cosmology and culture in modern theology.

    Dr. Denis McNamara is assistant director and assistant professor at the Liturgical Institute. A specialist in liturgical art and architecture, he is the author of three books: Heavenly City:The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy and How to Read Churches: A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture.

    Dr. Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois and author of five books on the New Testament and early Christianity, His 2010 book Jesus The Temple, addressed the issues surrounding Jesus actions in the scriptures and their relationship to right worship.

    Dr. Matthew Levering is the Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. He is the co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera and the author of many books on theological topics, including Christ and the Catholic Priesthood: Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity with the Liturgical Institute's imprint, Hillenbrand Books.




  • January 31, 2014: Treasures of the Triduum: The Three Munera of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King

    The Triduum and The Three Munera of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King

    Treasures of the Triduum returns with all new topics for 2014 and workshop leader Fr. Douglas Martis and Mr. Christopher Carstens! Discover the meaning of the three offices of Jesus Christ as Priest, Propht and King and what it means for the life of the Christian.

    “It was for this purpose that God sent His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, that He might be teacher, king and priest of all, the head of the new and universal people of the sons of God. 

    — Lumen Gentium, xvii.

    Workshop Schedule

    Friday, January 31, 2014
    Conference Center, University of Saint Mary of the Lake

    Check-in and coffee begin at 9:00 am in the 
    Conference Center Classroom Building


    9:30 Morning Prayer

    10:00 Session I The Three Munera of Christ
                The Offices of Christ in the Triduum: Priest, Prophet and King

    11:15 Session II The Triduum and the Prophetic Office
               The Mystery of the True Lamb of God

    12:30 Midday Prayer

    1:00 Lunch

    2:15 Session III The Triduum and the Kingly Office
             The Majesty of the Lamb Who Was Slain

    3:45 Session IV The Triduum and the Priestly Office
              Christ as Priest, Altar and Victim

    5:00 Vespers


    Christopher Carstens
    is currently the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of Lacrosse, Wisconsin and co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and an MA from The Liturgical Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute and a frequent presenter in conferences and parish education. 

    Fr. Douglas Martis, STD is director of the Liturgical Institute and Chair of the Worship Department at Mundelein Seminary. He holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris, and is a frequent speaker in parishes and academic settings. He is the co-author of the book Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Christ in the Words of the Mass and editor of The Mundelein Psalter.

    3 Ways to Register:

     Online: click here.

     By phone/fax: 847.837.4542/4545

     Mail completed registration form: click here for PDF

    More information

    Check-in opens at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Hall, building 4 on the campus map.

    Workshop begins with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, building 1 on the campus map.

     Registrants will receive confirmation with directions and further information.

    Conference Center address: 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060.

    Phone: 847.837.4542.

    Free parking is available in the Purple Lot, upper left on the campus map.



  • September 12 & 13, 2013: Divinization: Becoming Partakers of the Divine Nature

    A workshop for all who love the Church’s liturgy and desire to be transformed by God’s grace


    Event Schedule

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    3:00 pm     Check-in opens, atrium of the Conference Hall
    5:00 pm     Sung Vespers, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
    6:00 pm     Dinner (optional, extra charge), University Refectory
    7:30 pm     Keynote address: "What is Divinization?," Dr. David Fagerberg
    9:00 pm     Reception, Conference Center Residence Living Room

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    7:30 am     Mass available, Conference Center Chapel
    8:00 am    Breakfast
                        Check-in opens, atrium of Conference Center Classroom Building
    8:45 am     Sung Lauds, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
    9:30 am     Welcome, room 202 of Conference Center Classroom Building
    9:45 am     "Divinization in the Scriptures," Dr. Andrew Swafford
    11:00 am    "Aquinas, Divinization and People in the Pews Today," Fr. Andrew Hofer, op
    12:00 pm    Midday Prayer
    12:15 pm     Lunch
    1:30 pm      "Divinization as the Key to Liturgical Renewal," Dr. Daria Spezzano
    2:45 pm      "Divinization and the New Evangelization," Dr. Michael Sirlla
    4:00 pm        Sung Vespers

    All meeting sessions will be held in Room 202 of the Conference Hall, Building 400.
    Lauds and Vespers will be prayed in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
    All meals will be in the University refectory, Building 601.

    For a map of campus, click here.


    Keynote speaker Dr. David Fagerberg is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds an M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University and specializes in liturgical theology and the writings of G.K. Chesterton. A Latin-Rite Catholic, he has nonetheless made it a theological specialty to draw from the riches of Eastern Churches for the edification of Western Christians.

    Fr. Andrew Hofer, op, is Student Master and Instructor in Patristics and Ancient Languages at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Saint Gregory of Nanzianzus (Oxford, 2013).

    Dr. Michael Sirilla is Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America and is the author of the forthcoming book Status Perfectionis, The Bishop as Spiritual Perfector in St. Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press).

    Dr. Daria Spezzano is Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence Rhode Island. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A.L.S. from The Liturgical Institute. Her academic concentrations have included the process of deification in St. Thomas Aquinas and its rediscovery in the twentieth century.

    Dr. Andrew Swafford is Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He holds an S.T.D. from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and an M.A. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical University. He recently contributed numerous essays to the 2013 book Thirty Second Bible: The Fifty Most Meaningful Moments in the Bible.


    By mail: Please download the conference mailer by clicking here.

    By phone: Call 847.837.4542.

    Online: click here.



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