History of the Liturgical Institute
The Liturgical Institute was established in the year 2000 by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, in order to prepare Catholics for a “new era in liturgical renewal.” It serves a diverse international student population of laity, religious and clergy. Monsignor M. Francis Mannion served as its founding Director, and established the sacramental foundation for the program that it enjoys today.
The Liturgical Institute prepares its students in a context of prayer and scholarship with the Church’s future priests, deacons, pastors and ministers to bring solid theological knowledge, critical reasoning and practical skills to bear on the challenges opened by the exciting phase of liturgical renewal emerging in recent years.
The Institute offers an integrated and balanced program for the advancement of the renewal promoted by the Church, rooted in the ideals of the twentieth-century liturgical movement, the writings of recent popes, including Saint Pius X, John Paul II and Benedict XIV, and the authentic achievements of the post-conciliar era. To this end, students enjoy a mix of intense study and research; invigorating lectures and discussions; and active, intelligent participation in the Institute’s liturgical life with the daily celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.