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J. Michael Joncas

J. Michael Joncas  

Regular Visiting Professor of Liturgy, 2008-

Associate Professor, Departments of Catholic Studies and Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

B.A., Saint Thomas College, 1975; M.A. Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1977; S.L.L., Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo, 1989; S.L.D., 1991.

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Recent courses taught:

  • Rites of Healing (Fall 2011)
  • Pastoral Liturgy II (Fall 2010, Fall 2009)
  • Pastoral Liturgy I (Spring 2010)
  • Rites of Reconciliation (Fall 2008)
  • Rites of Marriage (Fall 2008)

Selected Publications:

Essay in Toward Ritual Transformation

one essay in

Toward Ritual Transformation:
Remembering Robert W. Hovda

(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2003).

From Sacred Song to Ritual Music:

From Sacred Song to Ritual Music:
Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music

(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1997).


Review of Stephen Vincent DeLeers, Written Text Becomes Living Word: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004) for Catholic Issues.

“An Anniversary Song: Pope John Paul II’s 2003 Chirograph for the Centenary of Tra le Sollecitudini.”  In Music in Christian Worship: At the Service of the Liturgy.  Ed. Charlotte Kroeker.  Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2005.  Pp. 47-61.

Review of Donna Teevan’s Lonergan, Hermeneutics, & Theological Method (Marquette, WI: University of Marquette Press, 2005) for Catholic Issues.

“Foreword” for Tony Alonso and Gabe Huck, By Heart: Seasonal Songs for Gathering, Interceding and Communion (Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2005) vii.

“Singing at Communion: History in the Roman Rite” Assembly  (2005)

Review of The Core Elements of Priestly Formation Programs: A Collection of Readings.  Volumes 1 – 4.  (Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association, 2005) for Catholic Issues.

“Style Wars” Pastoral Music 30/1 (October-November 2005) 26-35.


Presenter at the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy, and Theology, July, 2009.

Presenter at the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada's annual conference, July, 2009.

Presented three lectures: “Theological Style Wars”, “Textual Style Wars”, “Musical Style Wars” for the Liturgical Music Institute at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN (21, 22, 23 June 2005)

Presented three addresses: “The Communion Rite at Diocesan Celebrations” (workshop for Diocesan Directors of Music Ministry), “The Eucharistic Prayer” (workshop), “Style Wars” (plenum address) for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention (Milwaukee, WI; 28 – 29 June 2005)

Presented a workshop: “Spiritual for Ministry” for the M.Div. colloquium at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 26 August 2005)

Featured speaker for Worship That Transforms: Exploring the Intersection of Worship and Justice for the Siena Center of Dominican University (Chicago, IL, 7-8 October 2005).

Professional Activities:

North American Academy of Liturgy
Catholic Theological Society of America
College Theology Society
Societas Liturgica
Universa Laus
Advisory board of CHURCH (2004 - present)
Advisor to the Institute for Liturgical Formation, New Brunswick, NJ (1995- present)
North American correspondent for Universa Laus (2001 - 2003) 
Guest of the Advisory Committee for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (1999-2001)  
Board of Directors for the Society of Catholic Liturgy (1998-2000)
Member of the Constituting Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (1994-1997)
Delegate to the Academy Committee of the North American Academy of Liturgy from (1994-1996) 
Nominations Committee of the CTSA (1993-1996)