Liturgical Institute Summer Program


Earn a Master's Degree in Liturgy in five 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 2019 Course Offerings


Session I — June 9 to June 28


Eucharist: Origins and Structure (2 credits): 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.           

The Liturgical Movement (1.5 credits): Christopher Carstens

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 — July 1 to July 19


Christian Initiation (2 credits): Fr. Ryan Ruiz

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.


Eucharist: Theological Issues (1.5 credits): Dr. Lynne Boughton

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.







Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates for the summer session?

The 2019 summer session begins on June 9 and ends on July 19. It is composed of two 3-week terms comprised of 2 classes each for a total of 7 semester credits.


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 or a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies. For more information on these degree programs, click here.


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.


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.


How many hours per day are students in class?

Typically, students are in class between 8:30 am and noon daily, with all afternoons and weekends left free for study and research.


What are the liturgical arrangements during the summer session?

Liturgical Institute students gather each day in the beautiful Chapel of the Immaculate Conception for 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.


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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