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 2022 Course Offerings


Session I — June 6 to June 24


Liturgical Documentation and Law (2 credits): Msgr. Robert Dempsey

The important juridical and pastoral aspects of the liturgy are covered in this study of book four, De ecclesiae munere sanctificandi, of the Church’s collection of laws and directives taken from the praenotanda and instructions of the various rites and liturgical actions. Principles for proper interpretation of liturgical law provide a solid pastoral foundation for the practical application of liturgical law and directives. 2 credits 

Liturgy and Cultural Adaptation (1.5 credits): Dr. Kevin Magas

The Church’s liturgy has always existed in dynamic relationship with the complex currents of culture and history. The interplay between liturgy and culture is of considerable importance in Catholicism today. This course examines the Church’s liturgy in the light of social history, the humanities, and cultural theory. Attention is given to the influences of modernity and post-modernity on liturgical developments. The postconciliar agenda of inculturation in its various expressions is examined and evaluated. 


Session II — June 27 to July 15


Sacramentals, Blessings and Devotions (2 credits): Chris Carsten

As a complement to the Seven Sacraments, there are many other rituals and private devotions that build up the faith life of the Church. These include rites found in the Pontifical, the Book of Blessings, and the Book of Catholic Household Blessings. The role of devotion and popular piety in the past and the present will be examined by focusing on the example of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Word of God and Liturgy ( 1.5 credits):  Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B.

The reforms of Vatican II called for greater consciousness of the importance of the Liturgy of the Word as reinforced with the 2008 Synod on the Bible. This course explores the relationships between the Sacred Scriptures and the Liturgy. The biblical concept of the “Word of God,” the theological understanding of the Word in patristic and modern writers, the various means of biblical interpretation will all be introduced. Attention is given to the sacramental nature of the Word of God. Liturgical documents dealing with the importance of the lectionary and homiletics are examined in light of the relationship between word and rite in sacramental liturgy.







Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates for the summer session?

The 2021 summer session begins on June 6 and ends on July 15. 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.