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Notre Dame Center for Liturgy


Each year, the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy hosts a national Symposium on liturgy in the life of the Church, a conference for liturgical musicians, a summer spirituality series, monthly Vespers, and various lectures on campus.

Liturgy Symposium

The Liturgy Symposium, taking place during the month of June, is a catalyst for renewing the life of the Church through study of some aspect of the liturgy. Morning sessions introduce participants to the theme of the Symposium. In the afternoon, attendees participate in a seminar that extends the theme to their particular ministry. These seminars are modeled off of graduate classes at Notre Dame giving participants an opportunity to earn continuing education credits and experience the rich tradition of liturgical education at Notre Dame. Past symposium attendees include campus ministers, clergy, directors of liturgy and music, adults interested in faith formation, and directors of catechesis, evangelization, and religious education.  

Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers

In partnership with Notre Dame Vision, the Center for Liturgy is offering a week long conference for liturgical musicians. The purpose of the event is to ground liturgical music ministry in the baptismal vocation of the Christian. Notre Dame Vision LMM will invite participants toward a biblical, pastoral, and theological vision of their own ministry. At the same time, attendees will encounter a rich repertoire of music drawing from the fullness of the Church's tradition.

Summer Spirituality Series

In the month of July, the Center for Liturgy hosts a small seminar related to Christian spirituality. Past series have attended to the hymns of John Wesley, the poetry of John Donne and John Henry Newman, and the nature of Marian devotion. This event is open to Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the South Bend community.


Once a month during the academic year, the Center hosts Vespers or Evening Prayer for members of the Notre Dame family in Geddes Hall chapel. Vespers includes originally composed music, as well as a preached reflection from a member of the Notre Dame faculty and staff.

Campus Lectures

During the academic year, the Center supports the scholarly work of the University through hosting inter-disciplinary lectures and performances on some aspect of the liturgy. Past lectures have focused on Eucharistic Adoration, Jewish liturgical poetry, and a major lecture series on the Eucharist and Beauty. Upcoming lectures will be advertised on the Center's website, the University of Notre Dame's calendar, and social media. 

Church Life Eucharist Mercy Kerry Weber