Liturgy and Cultural Adaptation

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The Church’s liturgy has always existed in dynamic relationship with the complex currents of culture and history. These themes are of considerable importance in Catholicism today. This course examines the Mass in the light of social history, influences of modernity, and the postconciliar agenda of inculturation in its various expressions.


Your Instructor


Dr. Denis McNamara
Dr. Denis McNamara

Dr. Denis McNamara is an Associate Professor and the Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the former Academic Director of the Liturgical Institute. He holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where he concentrated his research on the study of ecclesiastical architecture with Richard Guy Wilson and Carroll William Westfall.

Dr. McNamara makes a specialty of bridging the gap between the Church’s great artistic tradition and the documents of the Second Vatican Council. He has also done groundbreaking research on scriptural understandings of architecture and the sacramental meaning of the classical architectural tradition.

He is the author of Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy, and How to Read Churches: A Crash Course In Ecclesiastical Architecture which was published in eight languages.

An experienced singer, Dr. McNamara has been a member of numerous large and small vocal ensembles for over three decades. He has led training classes in liturgical singing and teaches the Liturgical Institute’s course on the documents of sacred music.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is a self-paced online resource. You decide when you start and when you finish and can watch it as many times as you want.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I receive a Certificate of Completion for this course?
Certificates of Completion are awarded when you pass the quiz with 14 or more correct answers. You will receive your certificate via email.
Do you offer bulk discounts if I have a large group of people that want to take the class?
Yes, we do have bulk discounts available. Please give us a call to inquire: 847.837.4542
How long is this course?
This course is comprised of 5 one-hour classes. At any time, you can pause a class and resume where you left off.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
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Do these courses count as credits towards a degree?
These courses are stand-alone resources and do not count as credit towards a degree. You can, however, use these courses for Continuing Education Units. Each course provides .5 CEUs.

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