Vatican II and the Reform of the Liturgy: The Fate of Sacrosanctum Concilium Today

Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism Centre Lecture Series


Presenting: Fr. John Baldovin, SJ       

"For Vatican II and the Reform of the Liturgy: The Fate of Sacrosanctum Concilium Today"

Friday, November 1, 2013, 7 p.m. (Saint Paul University Amphitheatre)

"There are many challenges and opportunities facing the implementation of liturgical reform today. In some ways the reforms have not been fully implemented and in others they are threatened. What is the way forward?”


J.F. Baldovin

John F. Baldovin is Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, an MDiv from Weston School of Theology, and an MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University.

Fr. Baldovin has taught at Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and, since 1999, at Weston and now Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He has also been visiting professor at The University of Notre Dame and St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB as well as the advisory committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994 to 2002. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) as well as the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He received the Berakah Award for distinguished achievement from the NAAL in 2007. He is also past president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy.

Fr. Baldovin assists on weekends at the Catholic parishes in Lexington as well as St. Paul’s, Cambridge. He lived at Holy Trinity while he was writing his dissertation at Dumbarton Oaks in 1980–81.

He has published on liturgy widely in journals including Worship, Theological Studies, America and Commonweal. His writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Albanian.

Fr. Baldovin has a number of presentations with Now You Know Media, the latest of which, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, has recently been released.

His latest books are Living Bread, Saving Cup: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008). He has co-edited a commentary on the revised Order of Mass with Mary Collins, Edward Foley, and Joanne Pierce.