The Catholic University of America

Liturgical Studies / Sacramental Theology

Goals of the Academic Area

     The Program in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology offers the civil degrees of M.A., the Ph.D., and the ecclesiastical degrees of S.T.L. and S.T.D. Qualified students may develop S.T.L., and S.T.D. programs in consultation with the program director. Please consult specific degree program requirements (ecclesiastical and pastoral degrees) for additional information.

Ecclesiastical Degrees

     Two ecclesiastical degree concentrations are offered at the STL and STD levels. Each track accentuates one of the two inseparable aspects of this academic area, Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology.  The STL/STD in Liturgical Studies focuses primarily upon the liturgical historical development of services with an accentuation upon the theological development through the centuries as the vehicle of a living theology of Christian Worship. STD seminars will be chosen with this focus in mind.  The STL/STD in Sacramental Theology focuses primarily upon the theological understanding of liturgical services in light of their historical development. This concentration attends to these matters with a focus on issues in sacramental theology as these relate to the method and content of historical/systematic theology. STD seminars chosen with this focus in mind.

For more information about the program please e-mail the director.


Kevin W. Irwin
Paul McPartlan

Associate Professors
Margaret Mary Kelleher
Mark Morozowich
Dominic Serra,  Area director
Michael Witczak

Assistant Professors
Stefanos Alexopoulos
Margaret Schreiber

Professors Emeriti
Mary Collins
David Power