Faculty and Administration
Liturgical Institute faculty combine impeccable scholarship, fidelity to the teaching of the Church and concern for the individual needs of students. It is made up of full-time, adjunct and visiting lecturers.
Liturgical Institute Faculty
REV. THOMAS BAIMA, M.B.A., S.T.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Department of Systematic Theology
B.A., Butler University; S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake; M.B.A., (Templeton); S.T.D., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome. Former Director, Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Former President, Illinois Conference of Churches, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and O’Hare Interfaith Chapel Corporation. Trustee, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Author of Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion. Contributor to A Sourcebook of the World Religions; A Blessing to Each Other: the Writings of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on Catholic/Jewish Relations; The Community of Religions: Voices and Images from the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions; and Ministry in the Moment: A Handbook for Catholic Airport Chaplaincies. Member of the American Academy of Religion, North American Academy of Ecumenists, National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers, American Catholic Philosophical Association.
DR. MELANIE BARRETT, S.T.L, PH.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Christian Life
B.A. (Political Science), Northwestern University; M.A. (Divinity), Ph.D., (Religious Ethics), University of Chicago Divinity School. Author of Love’s Beauty at the Heart of the Christian Moral Life: Constructing the Ethics of Hans Urs von Balthasar. S.T.L., Systematic Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake; thesis: “The Viability of ‘New Natural Law’ Theory.” Former archivist, Religion, Culture and Family Project, University of Chicago Divinity School. Former affiliate scholar, Institute for American Values. Member, Society of Christian Ethics and American Academy of Religion.
LYNNE BOUGHTON, PH.D.
B.A, M.A., Fordham University, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Contributor to Westminster Theological Journal, Church History, Journal of Religion, Journal of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, Tyndale Bulletin, Irish Theological Quarterly, The Thomist, Gregorianum, and Revue biblique. Her specializations are in intellectual history, ethics and biblical Studies. She is currently completing a book-length study of the Biblical foundations of the sacraments.
REV. THOMAS BUFFER, S.T.D.
B.Mus., The Ohio State University, S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, S.T.L., International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Antiphon, Marian Studies, Josephinum Journal of Theology, St. Anthony Messenger, The Catholic Answer, New Catholic Encyclopedia. Translator of two books published by Ignatius Press and several breviary hymns published in The Mundelein Psalter. Past President of the Mariological Society of America, board member of Society for Catholic Liturgy. Organist and Composer. Was a full-time seminary professor and formator for five years at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio.
SR. SARA BUTLER. PH.D., S.T.L.
Sr. Sara Butler teaches dogmatic theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of New York after teaching at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago for over 20 years. She recently published The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church (Hillenbrand Books). Her articles have appeared in Worship, The Thomist, Theological Studies, Theology Digest, Anglican Theological Review, Communio, Ephemerides Mariologicae, Chicago Studies, and the New Catholic Encyclopedia. In 2004 she was appointed to the International Theological Commission, and she has served on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission since 1991.
CHRISTOPHER CARSTENS, M.A., M.A.L.S.
B.A., Oratory of St. Philip, Toronto; M.A., University of Dallas; M.A. (Liturgical Studies), The Liturgical Institute, University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Coordinator of Pontifical Liturgies, Director of the Office of Sacred Worship, liturgical coordinator for the diocesan Permanent Deacon formation program, diocesan Director of RCIA and Director of the Diocesan Televised Mass for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass (LTP, 2011) and frequent presenter in liturgical conferences and parish education. Frequent contributor on liturgical topics to the La Crosse Catholic Times. Member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
REV. EMERY A. DE GAÁL, PH.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Systematic Theology and Pre-Theology
V.D., Dipl. Theol. University of Munich; Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Duquesne University. Associate Pastor, Instructor, Member of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenical Dialogue in Nuremberg, Germany. Author of The Art of Equanimity: A Study on the Theological Hermeneutics of Saint Anselm of Canterbury. Contributes articles and book reviews to a number of academic journals. Member of AAR, CTS, CTSA and The International Mariological Society.
MSGR. ROBERT DEMPSEY, M.A., S.T.D.
A.B.Clas., Loyola University of Chicago; M.A., Loyola University of Chicago; S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University; S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary; S.T.D., Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. His articles have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and The New World, and he served as editor of the weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano, for ten years. He has served as a notary and field advocate of the Metropolitan Tribunal, member of the Archdiocesan Catholic-Greek Orthodox Dialogue Commission. He is currently pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield, Illinois.
SR. MARGANNE DRAGO, S.S.J., M.A.L., M.A., D.M.A.
B.M., Alverno College; M.A. in Music, Northwestern University; M.A. in Liturgy, The University of Saint Mary of the Lake; D.M.A., Music Education, Temple University. Former Chair and Professor, Music Department, Chestnut Hill College, PA; Assistant Director, Diocesan Worship Office, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Former Director of the Office of Worship and Liturgical Consultant to the Bishop, Las Vegas, NV. Former Director of Liturgical and Sacramental Catechesis, Diocese of Scranton, PA. Member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
REV. MICHAEL J.K. FULLER, S.T.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Christian Life
S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake, S.T.D. Fr. Fuller teaches Spiritual Theology and Systematics at Mundelein Seminary, as well as courses for the Liturgical Institute and Deacon Formation Programs for the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Rockford. A graduate of Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, he was a member of the Peace Corps and taught math and science in the Kingdom of Swaziland located in southern Africa. He is currently working on a book manuscript called Re-Reading the Saints: A New Hagiography of the Virgin Martyrs.
REV. SCOTT HEBDEN, S.T.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Systematic Theology
M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary, S.T.L, University of St. Mary of the Lake, S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome; Pastoral ministry, Philadelphia, 86-89; Faculty member Evangelical Seminary of Caracas, Venezuela, 90-92; Associate Pastor, St. Philomena Parish, Administrator, St. Joseph Parish 02-03; Adjunct faculty/spiritual director, Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral; Adjunct staff, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
REV. LAWRENCE R. HENNESSEY, S.T.L., PH.D.
Professor, Department of Systematic Theology
Editor, Chicago Studies
S.T.B. and M.A./S.T.L., School of Theology, Catholic University of America; Ph.D., in Classical Philology and Early Christian Theology and Literature, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Catholic University of America. Instructor at Washington Theological Union, Catholic University of America, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Member of the North American Patristic Society, the Catholic Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
PAUL HILLIARD, PH.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Church History
B.A., University of Dallas; M.Phil. in Medieval History, University of Cambridge; Ph.D. in History, University of Cambridge, dissertation: “Sacred and Secular History in the Writings of Bede (†735).” His research interests include Medieval Biblical Exegesis, Christian Historiography, Anglo-Saxon History, Early Medieval History, Monasticism, and Conversion. Member of the American Historical Association, Ecclesiastical History Society, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Medieval Academy of America, and Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages.
REV. MAREK KASPERCZUK, S.T.L.
M.Div., Catholic University of Lublin, S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake. He is currently the Rector of Bishop Abramowicz Seminary in Chicago.
REV. RONALD T. KUNKEL, S.T.L., S.T.D.
Instructor, Department of Worship S.T.L., Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, Dogmatic-Sacramental Theology, Rome, Italy; S.T.B., Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome, Italy; B.A., University of Notre Dame, Finance and Business Economics, Notre Dame, IN ; Associate Pastor, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois; Associate Pastor, Saint Peter Parish, Skokie, Illinois, 2001-2002; Campus Minister, Rome Program, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana; U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Summer 1997.
REV. UWE MICHAEL LANG, C.O., D. PHIL.
Mag. Theol., University of Vienna, D. Phil., University of Oxford. Author of Turning Towards the Lord and The Voice of the Church at Prayer. Formerly coordinator of the Master’s program in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum. Currently serving as Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff and faculty member at Heythrop College, London.
REV. DOUGLAS MARTIS, PH.D., S.T.D.
Director, The Liturgical Institute
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Systematics and Department of Worship
B.A., American Literature, Saint Meinrad College, Saint Meinrad, IN; S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake; D.E.A., Ph.D., Université de Paris IV (La Sorbonne), Historie des religions et anthropologie religieuse; S.T.D., Institut Catholique de Paris. Editor, The Mundelein Psalter. Thesis: « L’exégèse liturgique » au service de la théologie et de la pastorale liturgique. L’œuvre de Dom Bernard Botte, (1893-1980). Member, Board of Trustees, Lewis University; Member, Society for Catholic Liturgy. Contributor to The Way, La Maison-Dieu and Antiphon.
DENIS R. McNAMARA, M.Arch.H., PH.D.
Assistant Director, The Liturgical Institute
Assistant Professor, Art and Architecture
B.A., History of Art, Yale University; M.Arch.H. and Ph.D., Architectural History, University of Virginia. Author of Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (2005), Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy (2009), How to Read Churches (2011) and articles and reviews in Arris, Chicago Studies, Communio, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Assembly, Sacred Architecture, Letter and Spirit, and Environment and Art Letter. Academic specialties include the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Institute for Classical Architecture.
REV. JOHN MARK MISSIO, M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D. (cand.)
M.A., Liturgical Institute; S.T.L., Liturgical Institute. Studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Director of St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Canada, 2004 to 2009 and a member of the National Council for Liturgical Music, an advisory body of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Episcopal Commission for Liturgy. Author of numerous pieces of published choral music.
REV. EDWARD T. OAKES, S.J., STL, PH.D.
Professor, Department of Systematic Theology
M. A. (Research), St. Louis University; M. Div., STL, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; M. Phil, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary. Former Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Regis University, Denver, Colorado. Author of Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Continuum, 1997), editor of German Essays on Religion (Continuum, 1994), co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar (Cambridge University Press, 2004), translator of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s The Theology of Karl Barth: Exposition and Interpretation and Explorations in Theology, Volume IV: Spirit and Institution (both from Ignatius Press) and Josef Pieper’s The Concept of Sin (St. Augustine’s Press). His articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Religion, Pro Ecclesia, Theological Studies, First Things, Commonweal and other scholarly and popular periodicals.
REV. ROBERT SCHOENSTENE, M.A., S.S.L.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Biblical Exegesis and Proclamation and Pre-Theology
M.A. (Greek) Loyola University; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; Graduate study at Pontifical College Josephinum and Semitic studies at University of Wisconsin. Former Spiritual Director, Dean of Men. Former Associate Professor, Pontifical College, Josephinum. Member of Catholic Biblical Association, American Society of Papyrologists, and Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.
REV. LIAM WALSH, O.P., S.T.L., S.T.D.
S.T.L., Le Saulchoir, Paris; S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. Author of the books Vatican II on Revelation, The Grace of Christ, and The Sacraments of Initiation. Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist and numerous articles. Former professor at the Dominican House of Studies and Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, consultor to the Irish National Episcopal Commission on the Liturgy, and Pontifical Commission on Christian Unity.
Liturgical Institute Staff
MR. KEVIN THORNTON
Editor and Founder, Hillenbrand Books
MRS. BARBARA NIELD
Coordinator of Student Services