University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame

McGrath Institute for Church Life

Notre Dame Center for Liturgy

Church Life


The new all-digital Church Life is now available for readers. We will be publishing four major essays once a month around the following categories: 

  • Theology:  Essays that deal with the Church’s theological tradition as a resource for considering pastoral issues in the Church today. These articles may employ methods and use sources related to historical, liturgical, systematic, moral, and biblical theology.
  • Practice: Essays that begin from a particular practice of the Church with the goal of effectively facilitating evangelization. These articles may treat the proper way to do RCIA, to carry out the task of catechesis in a parish, to form liturgical musicians—anything related to the ministry of the new evangelization.
  • Culture: Essays that are concerned first and foremost with the Church’s engagement of culture, including politics, marriage and family life, approaches to education, and sociological research related to evangelization.

In addition to these feature essays (3000-7000 words), Church Life includes regular articles by columnists around the country, as well as shorter pieces from Church Life Blog. 

If you're interested in submitting an essay or article for the journal, please visit 

Volume 3 

3.1 Rites of Initiation

Church Life Journal Cover  3:1

3.2 The Joy of the Gospel
Church Life Cover Vol 3 Issue 2
3.3 The Saints


3.4 Virtue















Volume 2 

2.1 Jesus Christ 


2.2 Catholic Education


2.3 Preaching


2.4 Culture




Volume 1

1.1 What is the New Evangelization?


1.2 Theological Imagination


1.3 Rites of Return


1.4 Catholic Social Teaching