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 2021 Course Offerings


Session I: June 7 to June 25

Matrimony and Orders (2 credits): Dr. Perry Cahall

The rites of matrimony and holy orders are examined from structural, theological, and historical perspectives. Special attention is given to the sacramentality of marriage as expressed in the consent, the bond, and the covenant. The relationship between marriage and celibacy is explored, and the family as ‘domestic church’ is examined. The pastoral ministry of the ordained is seen in its ecclesiological context and purpose, with attention given to a proper understanding of hierarchy as well as the relationship between the priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial priesthood.


Principles of Sacramental Theology (1.5 credits): Dr. Kevin Magas

This study of Catholic doctrinal tradition draws upon patristic, medieval, and modern theologians to uncover the fundamental principles of sacramental theology. The nature of sacramental symbol, theories of sacramental causality and efficacy, the institution and number of the sacraments, and sacramental grace are examined in the context of an overarching Trinitarian, Christological, and ecclesial framework. Particular attention is paid to the renewed understanding of the role sacraments play in the economy of salvation.

Session II: June 28 to July 16


Liturgical Year and Liturgy of the Hours (2 credits): Dr. Kevin Magas

The Church’s theology of time is expressed and examined as context for celebrating the great mysteries of faith. The origins and developments of the major seasons and feasts of the Church year are explored. Emphasis is placed on the theology of Sunday. The development of the Liturgy of the Hours (both cathedral and monastic) is examined, as is the current shape of the Church’s rites for the Hours. The spirituality of the psalms is explored. The roles of Mary and the saints are also treated.

Sacramental Aesthetics (1.5 credits): Dr. Denis McNamara

Beauty is the splendor of truth, and the concept of the aesthetic refers to the experience of beauty. Sacramental aesthetics would then treat beauty as the manner in which God’s goodness gives itself and is understood as the truth. Special attention will be given to how this occurs in the liturgical life of the Church. After a general introduction, it considers theological aesthetics in the West (Thomas) and in the East (iconography).



Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates for the summer session?

The 2021 summer session begins on June 7 and ends on July 16. 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.