The Catholic University of America

Rev. Dominic Serra, S.L.D.
– Associate Professor of Liturgy/Sacramental Theology

– Director of Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology



Dominic Serra holds the MA in liturgical research from the University of Notre Dame and the Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at the Athenaeum Sancti Anselmi in Rome. He taught Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St.Paul, Minnesota before joining the faculty at The Catholic University of America in 2000. He is a native of the Bronx and a priest of the Archdiocese of New York where he served in parish ministry for fourteen years. Recent research projects have been in the area of Christian Initiation. He is currently writing a book on early Roman baptismal practice and theology.



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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6519
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • The Liturgies of Christian Initiation

  • The Eucharistic Epiclesis

  • The History and Sources of the Liturgy

Latest Publications

“The Introductory Rites: Theology of the Latin Text and Rite.” In A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal, ed. Edward Foley, 125-132. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011.


TRS 641A Sacraments of Initiation

TRS 641C Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing

TRS 740 Liturgical Sources

TRS 741A Liturgy: Theological and Historical Perspectives

TRS 742B Liturgy of Hours and Community Prayer

TRS 749 The Holy Spirit in Liturgical Celebration



Curriculum Vitae