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The Liturgical Institute | Events

  • April 16-17, 2015: Liturgical Catechesis and the New Evangelization | 4/16/2015







































  • Treasures of the Triduum 2015: The Chants of Holy Week | 1/30/2015

    This one-day conference will unveil the rich theology of the apex of the Church’s liturgical year through the lens of the chants of Holy Week, as presented by noted chant specialist Adam Bartlett.

    Perfect for musicians, cantors, liturgy directors, preachers and RCIA leaders, and all who desire to enter more deeply into the heart of the Paschal Mystery. 

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  • November 14, 2014: Profound Preaching Paradigms for Preachers | 11/14/2014



    Profound Preaching 2014: Paradigms for Preachers
    A Workshop for Priests and Deacons with Fr. Allan White, op


    “On the road to Emmaus Jesus provides a model of how preachers should approach their ministry. Discipleship and proclamation go together. Preachers must listen to the Word, be transformed by the Word and live the Word so that those who cannot read it can read it in and through them.”

    -Fr. Allan White, op



    Registration fee of $75.00 includes admission to all sessions, lunch, coffee and snacks. Overnight accommodations and additional meals are also available.


    On-line: For quick and easy on-line registration, click here

    Print: To download a printable registration flyer, click here (PDF). You can fax your registration form to 847.837.4545.

    Phone: To register by phone, call 847.837.4542

    Event Schedule, Friday, November 14, 2014
    please note revised schedule


    8:30 am  Check-in opensUSML Conference Hall (Building 4, click here for map, parking in Purple Lot)
    9:00 am Sung Morning PrayerChapel of the Immaculate Conception
    9:30 am  Welcome, Room 202 of USML Conference Hall
    9:45 am  Welcome and Session I: Emmaus: From Blindness to Sight

    11:15 am Session II: Telling Stories to Become the Story: Parables and Proverbs
    12:15 pm Sung Midday Prayer
    12:30 pm LunchUniversity Dining Hall
    2:00 pm  Session III: “Come Behind Me:” How to Be a Disciple
    3:15 pm Session IV: Listen Before You Speak: A Samaritan Evangelist
    4:30 pm Sung Evening PrayerChapel of the Immaculate Conception



    Workshop leader Fr. Allan White, OP was born in London. After studies at Oxford University, he joined the Dominican Order in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. After studies in philosophy and theology at Oxford and Edinburgh, he completed a Ph.D. in sixteenth century history at the University of Edinburgh. His time in the Order has been mostly spent in university ministry, teaching in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh, and in administration. He has served as senior Catholic Chaplain in the University of Edinburgh and was associate Chaplain in the university of Oxford before being invited to become senior Catholic Chaplain in the University of Cambridge, where he served for six years. He was elected Prior Provincial of the English Dominican friars in 2000 and ministered in that capacity for eight years before going to Rome as an assistant to the Master of the Dominican Order. Father Allan came to the United States in 2011 and was asked to accept the post of Director and Senior Chaplain of the New York University Catholic Centre where he presently serves.


  • November 13, 2014: Fr. Thomas Aschenbrener to Present Hillenbrand Lecture | 11/13/2014

    Marriage Preparation and the New Evangelization: Preaching the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the Catholic Faith

    Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
    University of Saint Mary of the Lake Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor

    Join the Liturgical Institute for a presentation focusing on the new evangelization and "knowing your terrain" when it comes to sacramental preparation in the Church, particularly marriage preparation.  The One in Christ Marriage Program developed by Fr. Aschenbrener is changing the way people perceive the Catholic Church and her teachings.  After attending the seminar, one couple was quoted as saying: "We are very happy that we were able to participate in this seminar, we feel a stronger connection as a couple and to our faith.  We feel like we've come back home to all that we've been missing." 

    Rev. Thomas Aschenbrener received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric with a minor in Art History at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 2002 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and in 2003 a Master’s in Divinity from Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Fr. Aschenbrener is the author of the popular One in Christ Marriage Program and Preparing for the Rite of Matrimony.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago in May of 2003. He has served at St. Luke Church  in River Forest, St. Alphonsus in Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral and is currently the Pastor of St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Chicago.

    For questions for more information call 847.837.4542. Street address for the university is 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060.

    Event will be held in the Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor, building 9 on the campus map.

    Free and open to the public, but please call to reserve a place.


  • Save the Date! Chant Workshops with Adam Bartlett | 1/9/2015

    Join noted chant specialist, composer and editor Adam Bartlett for workshops on the chants of different liturgical seasons. All to be held at the USML Conference Center on the Institute's Mundelein campus.

    January 9, 2015
    The Chants of Lent

    During the season of Lent the Church journeys with Christ through the desert and to the Cross of Calvary through the celebration of the sacred liturgy. This workshop will penetrate the mysteries of this most solemn season through the lens of its sung texts and chants. Participants will have the opportunity to prepare themselves and their parishes for a Lenten season filled with deep spiritual and liturgical renewal.

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    January 30, 2015
    Treasures of the Triduum, Holy Week

    This conference will unveil the rich theology of the apex of the Church’s liturgical year through the lens of the chants of Holy Week. Perfect for musicians, cantors, liturgy directors, preachers and RCIA leaders, and all who desire to enter more deeply into the heart of the Paschal Mystery.

    Register Now

    March 6, 2015
    Psalmist Workshop, Psalms of Holy Week and Easter

    The Psalmist has a unique and important role to play in the celebration of the liturgy. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal stresses that “it is necessary for the psalmist to be accomplished in the art of singing Psalms and have a facility in public speaking and elocution” (see art. 102), and therefore this workshop will expound upon the techniques proper to the ministry of the Psalmist, through a practical exploration of the Responsorial Psalms of Holy Week and Easter.

    Registration coming soon!

    May 1, 2015
    Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi & Christ the King

     The Solemnities at the conclusion of the Easter Season and of Ordinary Time are among the highest points of the latter half of the liturgical year. Full of theological significance, and richly endowed with chants rich in beauty and strength (including two sequences), these Solemnities are anything but ordinary. Participants will learn timeless chants as well as simple English chant settings that are immediately practical additions to any parish repertoire.

    Registration coming soon!


    Check back soon for registration. Questions? Call 847.837.4542 or email at




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