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  • Liturgical Institute Student James Pauley Successfully Doctoral Dissertation

    The Liturgical Institute offers its heartiest congratulations to newly-minted Doctor James Pauley who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation this morning! His panel of readers offered lavish praise on the quality of the work and its relevance to the ongoing mission of the Church.Institute Director Father Douglas Martis served as his dissertation director.
    Pauley's dissertation, entitled "On the Necessity of Rediscovering the Theological Orientation of Liturgical Catechesis: An Analysis & Application of the Relevant Writings of Josef A. Jungmann, SJ and Cipriano Vagaggini, OSB," sought to enrich and enliven today's understanding of liturgical catechesis in light of the central mysteries of the Faith.
    Pauley, who is Assistant Professor of Theology and Catechetics and Franciscan University of Steubenville, earned his STL with the Liturgical Institute in 2009. Congratulations Dr. Pauley!

  • Msgr. Rick Hilgartner Speaks at the Liturgical Institute

    Monsignor Rick Hilgartner, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the 2013 Summer Session of the Liturgical Institute with lecture entitled “With Zeal and Patience: the Fifty Years of Sacrosanctum Concilium and of Promotion of the Sacred Liturgy.” A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Atheneum Sant’Anselmo in Rome.
    In introducing the anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, Hilgartner sought to provide the “big picture” of the document, choosing the three themes of “participation, the Paschal Mystery and inculturation.” The notion of liturgical participation, he said, was “not a new idea that came out of nowhere in the Council, but was prevalent in the scholarly writing and pastoral work for decades before.”
    Reawakening people’s understanding of the Paschal Mystery, he claimed, was also one of the great contributions of the Liturgical Movement which influenced Sacrosanctum Concilium. The Mass become more fully known as “encounter with the Lord and participation in Christ,” in part due to writers like Odo Casel, who paved the way for the writings for Pius XII and eventually the Council texts themselves.
    Inculturation, too, was presented as one of the means Sacrosanctum Concilium used to “inspire participation in the Sacred Mysteries...and see the authentic transmission of the faith.” He noted that Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore proposed the use of the vernacular in the early 1800s and cited the Council’s arguments for inculturation and adaptation to local cultures.
    Hilgartner finished his talk by looking at the “fine tuning” of the liturgical renewal that yet remains to be done. He emphasized that liturgical participation must indeed be conscious, even in a reformed liturgy, noting Pope Benedict’s reminder than participation in the liturgy must be “above all, an interior participation in Christ.” He recommended ongoing catechesis about the nature of the liturgy as encounter with the Paschal Mystery and reminded people that the Eucharist is not only about “the here and now, but about the Kingdom of God as well.”
    The Institute thanks Monsignor Hilgartner for coming to meet with our students and for all of his good work for the Church.

  • Institute Salutes Its 2013 Graduates

    The Ecclesiastical and Academic Faculties of the University of St. Mary of the Lake conferred degrees on four Liturgical Institute graduates. Cardinal Francis George, omi, Chancellor of the University and founder of the Liturgical Institute, personally presented diplomas to each graduate in attendance. Held in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium, the ceremony included an address by Fr. Thomas Norris, the university’s Paluch Professor of Theology for 2012-2013.
    Among the students receiving the degree of License in Sacred Theology was Ms. Natalie Jordan, who entitled her thesis “The Eschatological and Ecclesiological Dimensions of Christ’s Ascension and the Relationship to Liturgy.” Through a detailed study of the scriptural context and theology of the Ascension, the thesis first examined what it means that Christ has taken human nature into heaven, giving it an eschatological reality. It then examined how Christians participate in Christ’s Ascension and manifest it in their lives in the Church as its ecclesiological dimension. These two dimensions of Christ’s Ascension intersect and are joined in liturgy, where worshippers both anticipate and participate in trinitarian communion.
    Sr. Marie Therese Nguyen, op, a sister of the Vietnamese Dominican community in Houston, Texas, entitled her Licentiate thesis “Ever Ancient Ever New: The Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity for Women Living in the World.” Her work addressed the theological questions surrounding the newly-rediscovered role of consecrated virgins. First it analyzed the biblical and historical foundations of virginity as a distinct vocation within the Church. Then it explored the liturgical aspects of virginity and examined the nuptial imagery within the liturgical rite. Lastly, she offered some observations comparing the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity for Women Living in the World with the Rite of Religious Profession.
    Fr. Shawn Tunink, a priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, completed his Licentiate with a thesis entitled “Holy Week in the 1950s: The Liturgical Reforms of Pope Pius XII.” Fr. Tunink first used original sources and historical decrees to establish a careful timeline of the reforms, then developed the key motives and principles that eventually informed the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
    Fr. Jerry Strange, a priest of Nashville, Tennessee, completed his Master of Arts in Liturgy degree with a project entitled “A Handbook for the Implementation and Operation of a Diocesan Liturgical Commission,” with the hope of helping his diocese establish its first diocesan liturgical commission. His work studied the request of the Second Vatican Council that each diocese establish a liturgical commission and described its purpose and practical details.
    With congratulations and gratitude for their contributions to the scholarly study of the Church’s liturgy, we salute our 2013 graduates! 

  • Dr. Lauren Pristas Gives Hillenbrand Lecture on Collects

    Dr. Lauren Pristas, Professor of Theology at Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey, addressed students, faculty and visitors of the Liturgical Institute on March 13, 2014. Pristas, who recently published a book with T&T Clark called Collects of the Roman Missals: A Comparative Study of the Sundays in Proper Seasons before and after the Second Vatican Council, provided an introductory lecture into the nature, origins and structure of the collects of the Roman Missal. She introduced the fundamental notion of the ancientness of these prayers, noting that many of the collects in the third typical edition of the Missal date back to the eighth century and earlier. She noted that the collects typify the nature of much of the Roman liturgy: they are short, with direct address to God, often to the Father, and make petitions which are both specific yet applicable to any worshipper. She then explained many of the artistic and literary qualities of the collects, notable their parallelisms and use of rhythmic accents. She finished her talk by urging her listeners to recall that in praying with the collects, one use prayers prayed by countless generations before us, prayers that made saints. She asked the listeners to consider that praying them is not always comfortable at first, but that they put the worshipper in a particular posture before God. More details to come in the next issue of Tidings.

  • Online Audio Files for the Sacred Triduum

    Pray along with the Liturgical Institute from the Mundelein Psalter!

    Want to celebrate Morning and Evening Prayer from the Mundelein Psalter, but need help with the tones and hymns?

    Click here to hear the Mundelein Psalter Triduum online audio files.

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