Summer Session 2013
Liturgical Institute Summer Program 2013
Earn a Master's degree in liturgy in 5 summer sessions!
At The Liturgical Institute, you’ll find a positive, joyful and faithful approach to praying and studying the Church’s liturgy. Maybe it’s the friendly nature of our students, faculty, and staff, the pastoral setting of the campus and its beautiful architecture, or the ease with which the Tradition and magisterial teaching of the Church are integrated into a curriculum firmly rooted in the ideals of the Second Vatican Council. Perhaps it’s the sung Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, the field trips, the meals and impromptu discussions, and high quality of instructors and visiting speakers. There’s a remarkable experience to be found at The Liturgical Institute, one which will help refresh your soul and renew the Church.
Summer 2013 Course Offerings
Session I, June 10 to June 28
Liturgical Traditions East and West, Fr. Thomas Baima, The Liturgical Institute
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the rites and practices of non-Roman western Christian traditions (Anglican and other select Protestant groups), and to the liturgy as celebrated by eastern Christian communities (both Catholic and Orthodox). The origin and historical development of these traditions is considered. Particular attention is given both to distinctive theological themes within these rites and to the manner in which the renewal of western Catholic liturgy is occurring today as a result of contact with the theology and practice of the East.
Ritual, Symbol and Worship, Mr. Christopher Carstens, The Liturgical Institute
Symbol is the fundamental medium for religion and its ritual elaboration. The nature and function of symbol and ritual in liturgical worship is considered. The following are examined for their relevance to the understanding of Catholic worship: the phenomenology of religion; ritual anthropology; various theories of symbol; language theory. Particular attention is given to the manner in which modern symbolic studies provide an understanding of the scholastic maxim, "sacraments confer grace by signifying."
Session II, July 1 to July 19
Reconciliation, Anointing and Death, Fr. Dennis Gill, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The two "sacraments of healing" – anointing of the sick and penance – are covered in this course. An examination of the origin and development of the sacrament of penance sheds light on the Church’s revised rites and their theological underpinnings. The rites of the Church’s sacramental ministry to the sick and dying, and her funeral liturgy, are placed in the context of an anthropology which expresses the paschal character and eschatological significance of a Christian’s illness and death.
Music and Worship, Fr. John-Mark Missio, St. Augustine's Seminary, Ontario, Canada
The place of music in human culture is examined from the perspective of a philosophy of aesthetics. The historic role of music in the elaboration of the mysteries of the Christian faith is explained. The official documents of the Church produced during the twentieth century are discussed in detail. The current musical structure of the Roman liturgy is explored, and practical principles for the advancement and management of liturgical music programs are proposed.
Summer 2013 Faculty
Fr. Thomas Baima is Vice President for Academic Affairs Associate Professor in the Systematics Department at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He holds an STD from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome and has served as the Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Most recently he edited the book A Legacy of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures.
Mr. Christopher Carstens holds a B.A. from the Oratory of St. Philip in Toronto, and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a M.A. (Liturgical Studies) from The Liturgical Institute. He is currently the 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 Apostolate for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Liturgical Institute for eight years, and is a frequent presenter in liturgical conferences and parish education. He is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. He is the co author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Christ in the Words of the Mass (LTP, 2010).
Fr. Dennis Gill is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Director of its Office for Divine Worship. He holds an SLD from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome and served as the Director of Liturgy at the Pontifical North American College. A frequent lecture on liturgical topics, he recently published the book Music in Catholic Liturgy: A Pastoral and Theological Companion to Sing to the Lord with Hillenbrand Books.
Fr. John-Mark Missio is a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada. He has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, and also holds a Master’s Degree and STL from the Liturgical Institute. A published composer and former director of the St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, he is currently on the faculty of St. Augustine’s Seminary in Ontario, Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Summer Session
1. What are the dates for the summer session? The 2013 summer session begins on June 10 and ends on July 19. It is composed of two 3-week segments comprised of 2 classes each for a total of 10 quarter credits. No classes meet on Monday, July 4.
2. What degree can I earn in attending the Liturgical Institute in the summer? By attending the summers-only program of the Liturgical Institute, students can earn a Master's Degree in Liturgy. For more information on this degree program, click here.
3. Does the Institute offer room and board for students? The Institute offers single, air-conditioned rooms with private baths for all single students and the University dining hall serves meals throughout the summer session.
4. Can I attend the Liturgical Institute part-time? Yes, part-time and at-large students are welcome at the Liturgical Institute after completing the standard application process. Come for one course or stay for the degree.
5. How many hours per day are students in class? Typically, students are in class between 8:25 am and noon daily, with all afternoons and weekends left free for study and research.
6. What are the liturgical arrangements during the summer session? Liturgical Institute students gather each day in the beautiful Chapel of the Immaculate Conceptionfor chanted Morning and Evening Prayer from the Mundelein Psalter and Mass with chanted English propers. Students and faculty usually form a small schola for the singing of Mass parts and motets.
7. What do summer students do for fun? Though the summer schedule is rigorous, the Liturgical Institute sponsors special meals and day trips. Students also arrange for their own outings to cultural offerings of Chicago and Milwaukee. Evening gatherings for movies and fellowship are common. The university gymnasium offers basketball and racquetball courts and an indoor pool.