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  • Liturgical Institute's Adam Bartlett Releases The Lumen Christi Hymnal | 2/3/2015

    Institute faculty member and chant specialist Adam Bartlett, together with Illuminare Publications, officially announces the release of the Lumen Christi Hymnal, a parish musical resource which forms part of a series including the Lumen Christi Missal and Lumen Christi Simple Gradual. All three books are now in use at the Liturgical Institute’s daily liturgies.

    The hymnal came about after Mr. Bartlett looked at the popular hymnals often found in parishes and saw that they frequently contained “hundreds of hymns that parishes do not use.” Moreover, he said, parishes frequently purchase disposable paperback subscription missals which reprint “the same hymns over and over again, year after year, costing parishes thousands of dollars.” Then every six months these words of praise to God wound up in the dumpster. He saw the opportunity to publish a hymnal which would present a core of “timelessly beautiful, stable, reliable hymnody” with “theologically sound texts and tunes that are both commonly known and singable.” Thus the Lumen Christi Hymnal was born.

    The hymns contained in the book were chosen for their enduring value and recognized timelessness. But importantly, it provides a hard-to-find treasure: a complete hymnal for the Divine Office which sets the official hymn texts of the Liturgy of the Hours to the simple, timeless, sublime chant melodies found in the Liber Hymnarius – the Church’s very own hymnal for the Office. The hymns use the same translation as The Mundelein Psalter, forming a perfect companion to it. In addition, one of Bartlett’s considerations in producing the hymnal was that the book speak of the nature of the “dignity and permanence” of the sacred liturgy itself, providing a hard cover, sewn binding and high quality printing and text.

    To learn more about the Lumen Christi Missal, place an order or request a sample copy, visit

  • Liturgical Institute's Hillenbrand Books Announces New Title on Marriage | 2/3/2015


    The Liturgical institute announces a ground-breaking work on the theology of marriage. In The Mystery of Marriage, Dr. Perry Cahall presents a theology of marriage that incorporates biblical, historical and systematic perspectives; draws upon scripture and tradition; and gives particular attention to the Theology of the Body of Saint John Paul II. Dr. Cahall’s book addresses an evident need in scholarship. While a great deal of scholarly literature deals with different aspects of marriage and John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, until Cahall’s book, there had not yet existed a book showing the implications of the Theology of the Body for a comprehensive theology of marriage. Cahall is associate professor of historical theology and academic dean of the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

    From beginning to end The Mystery of Marriage incorporates insights from John Paul II’s theology of the body, as well as his other writings which address the sacrament of marriage. Attention is also given to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other recent magisterial texts so that the reader is presented with the Catholic Church’s most fully developed doctrine on marriage.

    This accessible book is an excellent resource for undergraduate, graduate, seminary, religious formation, diaconate formation and lay education audiences. Available Spring 2015. 

    "At first glance I thought Professor Cahall’s book would simply offer a theology of marriage in light of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body... But this marvelous feast of a book also offers an extended reflection on the image of God; a study of the relation of eros and charity; a balanced analysis of the nature and goods of marriage; a detailed history of the development of the theology of marriage from the Old Testament through the twentieth century; an insightful treatment of marriage’s place within the seven sacraments; a study of marital spirituality; a full-fledged and persuasive sexual ethics; an excellent discussion of the value of celibacy; and one of the best presentations I have ever seen of the unique marriage of Mary and Joseph. It does all this, moreover, with accessible prose and a disarming humility. This book should be a wedding gift to each Catholic couple. It will immediately become the standard textbook in the field."

    —Matthew Levering, PhD, Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

  • Liturgical Institute Announces Summer Session 2015 | 2/5/2015


    The Liturgical Institute announces its 2015 Summer Session! 

    The Summer Session is one of the most energizing times at the Liturgical Institute, where students come from around the country and the world to enjoy prayer, learning and fellowship on the beautiful Mundelein campus. Some come to earn the Master of Arts in Liturgy in five consecutive summer sessions, while others come for a course or two for personal enrichment. Each day is punctuated by chanted Lauds, Vespers and Mass, and this summer includes the Institute's 15th Anniversary celebration. A day-long colloquium with Institute alumni will mark the day as well as a festive banquet and the awarding of the second Spiritus Liturgiae award.

    Courses offered this summer include:

    Session I, June 8 to June 26

    Sources and Methods in Liturgiology, Dr. Lynne Boughton
    Liturgical Participation, Fr. Dennis Gill

    Session II, June 29 to July 17

    Liturgical Art and ArchitectureDr. Denis McNamara
    Liturgical Preparation and Training, Christopher Carstens

    Special events:

    June 17-19: Symposium for Seminary Music Directors

    June 18: Hillenbrand Lecture on the Theology of Marriage with Dr. Perry Cahall of the Pontifical College Josephinum

    July 15: 15th Anniversary Celebration


    For more information about the summer session, click here or call us at 847.837.4542.


  • Liturgical Institute Welcomes Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago | 11/18/2014



    On September 20, 2014 Pope Francis named Bishop Blase Cupich as successor to Cardinal Francis George as Archbishop of Chicago. Liturgical Institute Director Fr. Douglas Martis concelebrated the Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, praying along side him, on November 18.

         As founder of the Liturgical Institute, Cardinal George holds a special place in the heart of the Liturgical Institute’s faculty, staff, students and alumni. We thank him for his sharp intellect, generosity of time and interest in our students.
         But the Institute also has another reason to celebrate: the new Archbishop is a sacramental theologian. He holds both a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America. His doctoral dissertation investigated the theology of Advent in the Roman tradition by comparing its Lectionary readings.
    Archbishop Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska in 1975, attending St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, before seminary formation in Rome at the Gregorian University and the Pontifical North American College.
         Archbishop Cupich’s pastoral appointments after ordination reveal a breadth of experience: parish priest, high school teacher, diocesan office of worship director, seminary rector and Secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC.
         Interestingly, his time as bishop spans three pontificates: he was named Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota by Pope John Paul II; to Spokane, Washington by Benedict xvi; and to Chicago by Pope Francis. As Pope Francis’ first appointment to a large American archdiocese, this appointment to Chicago was understandably hailed as the first evidence of the “Francis effect” in the United States. When reporters asked him what kind of message Pope Francis was sending in this appointment, Archbishop Cupich replied that the pope has sent a “pastor, not a message.”
         Archbishop Cupich made it a priority to visit the Mundelein Seminary and Liturgical Institute faculty just days after his appointment was made public, making his gentle style evident immediately in his preaching at Mass and warm greetings.
         In many ways, Archbishop Cupich’s famed gentle approach to issues which affect the Church is much like the approach of the Liturgical Institute’s fundamental approach of joyful fidelity to he liturgy. We invite people to study, understand and love the Church’s liturgy. We do our best to help people of differing opinions let the norms of the Church be a point of unity in the context of compassionate pastoral practice.
         The Liturgical Institute offers Archbishop Cupich our heartiest welcome! 


  • Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy Addresses the Liturgical Institute | 7/23/2014


     On July 16, 2014, the Liturgical Institute welcomed the Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy to give an address on the work of ICEL and the status of its many projects. Read more at the Liturgical Institute Facebook page by clicking here

  • Fr. Chris Hellstrom Speaks on Deliverance and Exorcism | 7/1/2014

    Fr. Chris Hellstrom, a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, spoke at the Liturgical Institute on June 19, 2014 on the topic of deliverance and the Rite of Exorcism. Visit the Liturgical Institute's Facebook page to read more and see photos from the event by clicking here.

  • Liturgical Institute Students, Faculty and Staff Serve at Area Soup Kitchen | 6/25/2014

    On June 21st, Liturgical Institute students, faculty and staff purchased, prepared and served dinner at Holy Family Soup Kitchen in Waukegan, Illinois. Nearly 100 meals were served for families and individuals.
    The connection between liturgy and social justice was a central theme of the early 20th-century Liturgical Movement. One day earlier, students in Dr. Denis McNamara’s course on the Liturgical Movement were reading Dorothy Day’s writings on the connection between the sacred Liturgy and love of the poor. The next day they were serving dinner to the poor at Holy Family Soup Kitchen. 

    Here are a few quotes from the namesake of the Institute's publishing imprint and major Liturgical Movement figure, Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand former Rector of Mundelein Seminary:

    "Liturgy is the corporate prayer of the Church, by which divine life streams from the head to the members. Corporate worship is the great need of our times, the cure of our evils, the rallying point of the spiritual forces of the world."

    "We can’t act with Christ as Mass without translating that act into life through the apostolate."

    "Both liturgy and the events of daily life [are] equally occasions for bearing generous and faithful testimony to the fact that God’s merciful justice finds its scope in human history."


  • Online Audio Files for the Sacred Triduum | 3/18/2014

    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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