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

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.

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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.




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