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The Liturgical Institute

Summer Session 2014

Liturgical Institute Summer Program 2014
Earn a Master's degree in liturgy in 5 summer sessions or simply come for a course!

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 2014 Course Offerings

Session I, June 9 to June 27

Christian Initiation, Fr. Liam Walsh,op 

The sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist –guide a person into the life of Christ in the communion of the Church.The current Catholic rites of initiation are examined in their theological, historical, canonical, and practical aspects. In particular, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is studied in detail. Special attention is given to the patristic documents which constitute the foundation of the revised rites. The Eucharist is explored briefly as the sacrament which concludes Christian initiation.

The Liturgical Movement, Dr. Denis McNamara

This course focuses on the liturgical movement as it developed in the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will also study its influence
upon the teachings of the magisterium and the Second Vatican Council.
Finally, the vicissitudes of the movement in recent years will be studied.

Session II, June 30 to July 18

Eucharist: Origins and Structure, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang

This class begins with a study of the origins of the Eucharist at the Last
Supper. It follows the historical development of Eucharistic worship in
the patristic period and the middle ages. The revision of the Roman rite
following the Council of Trent is considered, along with the transition to
the 1970 missal. Finally students will study the Missale Romanum of 2002
in detail, as well as questions regarding translation of liturgical texts.
Knowledge of Latin is recommended but not required.

Eucharist: Theological Issues, Sr. Sara Butler, MSBT

Classic Eucharistic polemics are explored in context: among them 
sacrifice, communion, epiclesis, memorial, veneration outside Mass, and the foundation of liturgical ministries. Particular attention is paid to Eucharistic controversies regarding the Real Presence of Christ, and an exploration is made of the various theoretical explanations the Church has used to express this dogma of faith. The Church is considered as a Eucharistic community. Ecumenical considerations are also treated.

Summer 2014 Faculty

Fr. Liam Walsh, op, studied theology at Le Saulchoir in Paris and at the Angelicum in Rome.  He has taught in Rome at Santa Sabina and the Angelicum, and was Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Fribourg, where he served as vice-rector from 1995 to 1999. His book Sacraments of Initiation, Second Edition: A Theology of Life, Word, and Rite was published with Hillenbrand Books, the publishing imprint of the Liturgical Institute.

Sr. Sara Butler holds a PhD from Fordham University and has taught theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie)and Mundelein Seminary. She is a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity and has a papal appointment to the International Theological Commission.  In 2009 she received the Cardinal Wright Award for outstanding scholarly service to the Church and recently published The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church

Dr. Denis McNamara is Assistant Director and Faculty Member at the Liturgical Institute. He holds a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and has made a speciality of uniting the fields of liturgical art, architecture, sacramental theology and scripture. He is the author of 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.

Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, a native of Germany, is a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in London, and holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford. In September 2008, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. He is the editor Hillenbrand Books’ The Genius of the Roman Rite: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives on Catholic Liturgy.


Special Events: Hillenbrand Lectures

June 19: “The Rite of Exorcism and Deliverance Prayer” with Fr. Christopher Hellstrom, Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado

July 16: “The Work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy” with Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director, ICEL

Frequently Asked Questions About the Summer Session


1. What are the dates for the summer session? The 2014 summer session begins on June 9 and ends on July 18. 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. The 2014 Summer Session will have noted chant specialist Adam Bartlett as its Choirmaster.

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.



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