The Catholic University of America

Rev. Michael Witczak, S.L.D.
– Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology



Rev. Michael Witczak is an associate professor of liturgical studies at the Catholic University of America and specializes in the history and theology of Eucharistic celebration, sacramental liturgy, history of liturgy, and liturgical celebration of the saints.  Father Witczak previously served as a professor of liturgical studies, vice-rector, and then rector of Saint Francis Seminary in Saint Francis, WI.  He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and for many years wrote a column for priests in the archdiocesan quarterly liturgy newsletter. 

Father Witczak holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome.  He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societa Liturgica, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, the Henry Bradshaw Society for the editing of rare liturgical texts, and the Alcuin club. Witczak was awarded the Archbishop’s Vatican II Award for Service in Liturgy and the Salesianum Alumni Association Sal Terrae Award for Service to the Church in 2007.

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6889
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • The History and Theology of Eucharistic Celebration

  • Sacramental Liturgy

  • History of the Liturgy

  • Medieval Liturgy

  • Liturgical Celebration of The Saints

Latest Publications



HSTR 102 Liturgy and the Christian Life

TRS 340 Christian Celebration: The Mass

TRS 540 Introduction to the Liturgy

TRS 641A Sacraments of Initiation

TRS 641B Eucharist

TRS 641C Penance and Anointing the Sick

TRS 741A Liturgy: Theological and Historical Perspectives

TRS 743E Liturgies of Christian Marriage

TRS 744 Eucharist: A Liturgical Theology

TRS 747A The Cult of Saints in Liturgical Practice

TRS 845 Sources of the Ordo Missae

TRS 846 Liturgies of Death and Dying



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