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Liturgical Studies

Certificate in Liturgical Studies

The Certificate in Liturgical Studies is designed for those who want to deepen their theological education or to prepare for a new ministry.


The Certificate is awarded for eighteen (18) hours of course work: fifteen (15) hours in Liturgical Studies and three (3) hours in an allied discipline (e.g., Biblical Studies, Spirituality, Intercultural Ministries). It can be completed onsite in one academic year. Participants develop individual programs in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Word and Worship, who directs the Certificate in Liturgical Studies.

CTU Advantage

  • Internationally recognized faculty of award-winning authors and acclaimed speakers known for their excellence in teaching
  • International, multicultural ethos and engagement
  • Commitment to both pastoral practice and academic study of liturgy
  • Interdisciplinary scope of offerings
  • Flexibility for on-line, blended, and on-site courses
  • Diverse experiences of liturgical life in the archdiocese of Chicago

Areas of Study

Our courses cover the breadth of liturgical studies today from theological, historical, spiritual, and pastoral perspectives.

Annual offerings:

  • Initiation & Reconciliation
  • Eucharist and Sacramental Theology
  • Anointing of the Sick and Marriage
  • Communication Skills for Ministry
  • Liturgy, Prayer, and Contemplation: Ecclesial Spirituality
  • Liturgical Methods
  • Practicum Courses in Liturgical Preaching, Presiding, and Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching

Courses offered every other year:

  • Holy Week: Liturgy, Preaching, and Presiding
  • Liturgical History
  • Liturgical Year
  • Liturgical Inculturation
  • Catechesis and Religious Education in the Worshiping Community
  • Patterns of Christian Prayer
  • Ritual Studies
  • Rituals of Sickness, Dying, and Death
  • Shaping Places for Worship
  • Worship, Spirituality, and Digital Media Arts


Eileen D. Crowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship Arts

Edward Foley, Capuchin, Ph.D., Professor of Liturgy and Music

Rev. Richard Fragomeni, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Liturgy and Preaching

Richard E. McCarron, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy

Gilbert Ostdiek, O.F.M., S.T.D., Professor of Liturgy


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