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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2012

Monsignor to Deliver Annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture

monsignor.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Providence College will present its annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture entitled, “Sacrament Speak-The Language of the Sacraments” on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., in Aquinas Hall Lounge, on campus.

The lecture will be delivered by Rev. Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology, The Msgr. Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. professor of Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America.

The event will provide an exploration of the means of divine and human communication inherent in the celebration of the sacraments. These include the Catholic principles of sacramentality and mediation and an exploration into the theological meanings of the elements of sacramental ritual.

Msgr. Irwin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and formerly served as the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of over fifty articles and sixty reviews in such journals as Worship, The Thomist, Pastoral Music, Eglise et théologie, La Maison-Dieu, American Benedictine Review, Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Liturgical Ministry, The Jurist, New Theology Review, Studia Liturgica, and American Catholic Historical Review. He is also the author of fourteen books on liturgy and sacraments, including Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality (Paulist Press, 1984), Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology (Liturgical Press, 1994), and Models of the Eucharist (Paulist Press, 2005). Msgr. Irwin is in the process of writing a book on What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do: An Appraisal of the Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reform (Paulist Press). His other main research and publishing interests are on the principles of mediation and sacramentality and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.                                                   

The annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture is designed to mark the April 29 feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, who was a 14th century tertiary of the Dominican Order, virgin, doctor of the Church, and one of the principal patrons of Europe.

The St. Catherine of Siena Lecture on Spirituality and the Frontiers of Evangelization is one of the four annual lectures presented by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63, and his wife Kathleen Reilly Quinn.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. A reception will follow in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. For more information, contact (401) 865-2870.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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