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Roll, Susan   Roll, Susan
Associate Professor
Program: Liturgy, Sacramental Theology
Office : GIG 359
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 2232
Cellphone: 613-851-9642

Research Activities:

Liturgy; Sacramental Theology


Ph.D, S.T.B., M.A.Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven), 1993

M.A. (Theology: Pastoral Studies) Saint Bernard's Seminary

B.A. Niagara University

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Courses taught:

Christian Liturgy
The Eucharist
Sacraments of Initiation
Liturgy for Religious Educators
Special Issues in Liturgy
Liturgy and Spirituality (graduate level)
Sunday Eucharist
The Liturgical Year


Recent articles and chapters in books:

“Mystery Without Mystique. The Question of Sacred Language, Post-Roman Missal 2011,” in Joris Geldhof ed. Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies (Leuven and Paris: Peeters, 2015): 67-82.

“Sacrosanctum Concilium and its effects on women as agents in Roman Catholic liturgy,” SOTER 2015 (56): 37-47.

“Warum gerade jetzt? Hildegard von Bingen als Kirchenlehrerin“ in Annette Esser ed. Die neue Kirchenlehrerin Hildegard von Bingen (Bingen am Rhein: Aschermittwochverlag, 2014): 97-113.

„Tendances de la spiritualité liturgique des femmes chrétiennes progressistes, » in Karlijn Demasure and Luc Tardif eds. Théologie pratique Pratiques de théologie (Montréal : Médiaspaul, 2013) : 213-236

”Images of Creation in the Exultet : Celebrating Liturgy on a Flat Earth?“ in Frederiek Depoortere and Jacques Haers, To Discern Creation in a Scattering world (Leuven: Peeters, 2013): 549-561.

“Sacraments as Energy: A Search for a New Paradigm,” Feminist Theology vol. 21/3 (2013): 259-268.

"EP RI. Theology of the Latin Text and Rite," "EP RII. Theology of the Latin Text and Rite," and "Concluding Rites: Theology of the Latin Text and Rite," in Edward Foley, John F. Baldovin, Mary Collins and Joanne Pierce (eds), A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal, Pueblo Books (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011).

"Taetige Teilnahme von Laien am liturgischen Leben morgen," in Benedikt Kranemann and Myriam Wijlens (eds), Gesendet in der Weinberg des Herrn. Laien in der katholischen Kirche heute und morgen, Erfurter theologischen Schriften 35 (Wuerzburg: Echter-Verlag, 2010): 107-120.

"God, Godde, Goddess," Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 18/2010: 103-109.

"Notes on the Ritual Dynamics of the Syro-Malankara Holy Qurbana," The Harp 25 (2010): 229-238.

"What Women Theologians Are Saying: a Sampling," Eastern Journal of Dialogue and Culture, 2/2 (July-Dec 2009): 50-68.

"A Glimmer at the Edges. The Presence of the Spirit in Marginal Eucharistic Celebrations," Questions Liturgiques / Studies in Liturgy 89/2-3 (2008): 149-161.

"'The RCIA was the Appetizer.' Ten Questions Affecting the Future of Adult Christian Initiation," in Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi and Lieven Boeve (eds.) Gods sacramentele aanwezigheid in de wereld van vandaag. Hulde aan Professor Dr. Lambert Leijssen bij zijn emeritaat (Leuven: Acco, 2008): 181-192.

"Der alte Ritus des ersten Kirchgangs von Frauen nach der Geburt," in Annette Esser, Andrea Guenther and Rajah Scheepers (eds.) Kinder haben. Kind sein. Geboren sein (Koenigstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2008): 176-194.

"Chapter III. The Duties and Ministries in the Mass," (with Bruce T. Morrill), in Edward Foley, Nathan D. Mitchell and Joanne Pierce (eds.) A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Pueblo Books (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007): 199-223.

Susan K. Roll, Annette Esser and Brigitte Enzner-Probst eds., Women, Ritual and Liturgy, European Society of Women in Theological Research Yearbook series 9. Leuven: Peeters Press, 2001.

Annette Esser, Anne Hunt Overzee and Susan Roll eds., Re-Visioning Our Sources. Women's Spirituality in European Perspectives, Kampen, the Netherlands: Kok-Pharos, 1997 (now Leuven: Peeters Press).

Susan K. Roll, Toward the Origins of Christmas (Kampen: Kok-Pharos, 1995, distributed by Leuven: Peeters)

Papers recently presented:

2016 “Lay Liturgical Formation: the Summer Institute for Pastoral Liturgy” Formation for Liturgical Prayer Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy, Houston Texas.

2015 “Saint Paul University’s Summer Institute in Pastoral Liturgy: great past, vibrant present but serious questions for the future,” Societas Liturgica, Université Laval, Québec.

“Feminist Anamnesis,” in the Feminist Studies in Liturgy Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy, 2015.

“Thinking of Sacraments as Energy: A Feminist Paradigm,” in the Feminist Studies in Liturgy Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy, 2014.

“Mystery Without Mystique. Liturgical Celebration and the question of sacred language,” plenary address at Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, 2013.

“Liturgisch Gewand” and “Reinigungsriten und Bluttabu,“ invited panel papers, Department of Pastoral Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2013.

“The Promise of Sacrosanctum Concilium and the future of women in Roman Catholic liturgy,” paper given at the Societas Liturgica congress, 2013.

2012 "Sacrosanctum Concilium: un regard féminin," Faculty of Theology, University of Laval, Québec, Canada.

2012 "Hildegard of Bingen, a Doctor of the Church," keynote address, international colloquium of the Scivias Institute, Bingen-am-Rhein and Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

2012 "Sacraments as Energy Forms," Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology, Winchester, U.K. England.

2011 "Emerging Questions in the Theology of Baptism from Feminist Perspectives," congress of Societas Liturgica, Reims, France.

2011 "Gottesdienst zwischen Norm und Aneigung. Nordamerika vor der Einfuehrung des neuen Messbuchs am 1. Advent 2011," University of Bochum, Germany.

2011 "'We must lose this war.' Sophie Scholl, the White Rose, and German Resistance to Hitler's War," colloquium "Femmes artisanes de paix / Women as Peacemakers," Centre for Women and Christian Traditions, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

2011 "Kerstmis en kerstgebruiken in Noord-Amerika: een concrete voorbeeld," Liturgisch Congres, Blankenberghe, Belgium.

2011 "Ten Years of Easter Celebrations by 'Women Word Spirit,'" North American Academy of Liturgy meeting, San Francisco, CA USA.

2010 "Heiligenverehrung International," congress of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholischer Liturgiewissenschaft, Helfta, Germany.

2010 "Women's Prophetic Sacramentality," Catholic Theological Society of America, Cleveland, OH USA.

2009 "Human Touch Initiated by Women in the Roman Catholic Liturgy Today," Noli me tangere research conference, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

2009 "Die Feier des Ostertages durch britische katholische Frauen" and "Die Ursprung des Weihnachtsfestes," Faculty of Theology, University of Erfurt, Germany.

2009 "Creation in the Exultet: Celebrating Liturgy on a Flat Earth?" Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Leuven, Belgium.

2009 "'Whatever Happened to Goddess? A Liturgist's Response," congress of the European Society of Women in Theological Research, Winchester, U.K England

2009 "Easter Celebrated by Women: a case study from the U.K.," congress of Societas Liturgica, Sydney, Australia.

2009 "What Catholic Women Theologians Are Saying Today," Department of Christian Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Thrissur, India.

2008 "Christmas: its history and future prospects," research conference "Not Just for Christmas," University of Glasgow and Glasgow College of Art, Glasgow, U.K. Scotland.

2008 "Christmas: its Roots and its Wings," Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA.

2008 "Mary by Women for Women: feminist perspectives on Marian dogma and on Mary as a model for women today," Faculty of Theology, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

2008 "The Christic Identity of Christian Women," Center for Women's Studies Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

2008 "Claiming and Transforming Metaphors in Worship," North American Academy of Liturgy meeting, Savannah, GA USA.

2007 "Aktieve Teilnahme der Laien am liturgischen Leben morgen. Die moeglichen Konsequenzen der neuesten Entwicklungen im liturgischen Recht," research conference "Laien in der katholischen Kirche am Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts," University of Erfurt, Germany.

2007 "Metaphors We Share in Worship: the Quick and the Dead," Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

2007 "Het kerstfeest, in het begin en nu. De oorsprong van kerstmis met enkele hedendaagse vragen," Catholic University of Leuven/Kortrijk campus, and the Major Seminary of Bruges, Belgium.

2007 "A Pilgrimage to Parliament Hill, or, How Women Became Persons in Canada," congress of Societas Liturgica, Palermo, Sicily.

2007 "Together in Hope," North American Academy of Liturgy meeting, Toronto, Canada.