The Society for Catholic Liturgyis a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – in the Anglophone world. Founded in 1995, the non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy.

Principles

The Society for Catholic Liturgy is a scholarly and professional association founded on the following principles which it seeks to advance in its various activities and deliberations:

  1. belief that the primary purpose of the sacred liturgy is to worship God, who continues the work of redemption and sanctification through the sacred mysteries of Christ handed down to us in and through the Catholic Church;
  2. respect for Catholic liturgy in all approved rites and usages from the apostolic period to the present day;
  3. desire to support the faithful celebration of the sacred liturgy according to the Roman Rite and to promote a better understanding of its origin, development, and current state;
  4. conviction that the sacred liturgy’s incarnational nature and central role in shaping Catholic culture require fostering the beauty and fittingness of music, art, architecture, language and other elements integral to the spiritual profundity and ceremonial dignity of the rites;
  5. determination to foster interdisciplinary liturgical study and practice according to rigorous scholarly and professional standards;
  6. commitment to the virtues of prudence, patience, and charity.

Membership Benefits

Members of the Society receive Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, are invited to all sessions of the annual conferences, and determine the Board of Directors by their vote. Associate members also receive Antiphonand may attend all open sessions of the annual conference.

Membership Criteria

Full Members
  1. Member of the Catholic Church (Roman or Eastern Rite);
  2. Fundamental sympathy with the principles enunciated in the Society’s Statement of Principles;
  3. Ability to participate in the activities of the SCL in a prudent, charitable, and constructive manner;
  4. Ability to bring a substantive contribution to the work of the SCL;
  5. Has a terminal degree in a field pertaining to the sacred liturgy or has significant expertise and demonstrates a graduate level ability to engage in scholarly research and debate in matters pertaining to the sacred liturgy.
Associate Members

Same criteria as for Members, but without the level of expertise required in number five (5).

Student Members

Students adhere to Full Member criteria numbers 1-3, but not numbers (4) or (5). This level of membership is open to someone with an interest in the sacred liturgy and is pursuing a seminary, college or university degree. Applicant must provide proof of current student status.

Board of Directors

 

Officers of the Board

President: Timothy P. O’Malley, PhD, Academic Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)

Vice-President/Treasurer: Mary Catherine Levri, DMA, Director of Music, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology (Cincinnati, OH)

Secretary: Rev. Michael Wurtz, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Theology, King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Elected Members of the Board

Rev. James Bradley, JCD, Assistant Professor of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America (Washington DC)

Rev. Daniel Cardó, STL, PhD, Benedict XVI Chair of Liturgical Studies, St. John Vianney Seminary (Denver, CO)

Jennifer Donelson, DMA, Associate Professor and Director of Sacred Music, St. Joseph’s Seminary–Dunwoodie (Yonkers, NY)

Michael P. Foley, PhD, Associate Professor of Patristics, Baylor University (Waco, TX)

Rev. Gerald Dennis Gill, SLL, Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

John Haigh, MArch, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Benedictine College (Atchison, KS)

Rev. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., DPhil, Mater Ecclesiæ College, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London, UK)

Kevin Magas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Director of Intellectual Formation in the Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL)

Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, RSM, Director of Sacred Worship, Archdiocese of Detroit (Detroit, MI)