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Notre Dame Center for Liturgy

Summer Symposia

In the summer of 2017, the Center for Liturgy will be hosting three different symposia for those involved in liturgical formation, sacramental catechesis, and liturgical music ministry.

Registration information for each of these separate programs will be coming in the summer of 2017. The three study weeks will have limited enrollment.  

If you have additional queestions, you may contact the Center


Liturgy and Life

What is it? 

The celebration of the liturgy in parishes and schools transforms the worshipping Church into a sacrifice of love for the world. In this three year cycle of conferences, participants will be formed to think about how to carry out the rites so that women and men will have a fruitful encounter with the triune God. Participants will also learn other practices necessary for living a liturgical life that might be promoted in the parish, the school, or the domestic church. Attendees in these study days will be formed to think about the liturgy as integral to the evangelization of their neighborhood and the world. 

When is it?

  • June 19-23, 2017: Encountering Jesus Christ in the Bible and the Liturgy
  • June 18-22, 2018: The Eucharistic Life
  • June 15-19, 2019: Sacraments for the Life of the World

Who is invited? 

This program is designed for parish leaders of liturgy and catechesis, campus ministers, and diocesan staff involved in the work of evangelization. Anyone participating for the full three year cycle will be invited to attend an advanced track that will develop resources at the national level to assist other parishes and schools in the work of liturgical evangelization. 


Forming the Sacramental Imagination: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

What is it? 

Liturgical and sacramental catechesis presumes a renewal of our biblical, liturgical, and moral imaginations. In this three year program, catechetical and diocesan leaders will develop an approach to liturgical and sacramental catechesis grounded in the methodological principles of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Not intended to replace national-level formation opportunities, this event will gather leaders of CGS, parish catechists, and theological educators to think through what constitutes a sacramental pedagogy in the parish, in the atrium, and even in the classroom. Participants in these study days will be formed to renew catechesis throughout the parish, school, and family through closer contact with biblical and sacramental sources. 

When is it?

  • June 26-30, 2017: The Senses of the Scripture
  • June 25-29, 2018: Liturgy and the Participation in Sacred History
  • June 24-28, 2019: The Sacramental Nature of the Moral Life  

Who is invited? 

This program is designed for CGS trained catechists, parish catechists using other methods beside CGS, high school theology teachers looking to incorporate contemplative practice in the classroom, and parents wanting assistance in the religious formation of their children.   


Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers

 What is it?

Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers (LMM) engages parish, diocesan, and school liturgical music ministers in the dynamic of God's call and our response. In the week together, participants will engage in theological exploration, discussion, and personal renewal. Guided by the wisdom set forth in the document Sing to the Lord (§50), Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers provides a formation opportunity that will cultivate personal and ministerial growth for the liturgical musician in the use of their gifts for the world.

When is it? 

  • July 17-21, 2017: The Word, Music, and Saint John's Bible
  • July 16-20, 2018: Responding in Faith--Deepening Our Love for the Triune God and the Church
  • July 15-19, 2019: Resounding the Call--Echoing God's Beauty in Lives of Praise

Who is invited? 

All those involved in the work of music ministry at the parish, diocesan, or school level.