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​Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin will discuss the divine and human

communication in the celebration of the sacraments.

​St. Catherine of Siena Lecture to Address Sacraments

Providence, R.I. — Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, a professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, will present “Sacrament Speak — The Language of the Sacraments” as the annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture at Providence College.

Sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, the lecture will be presented on Thursday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge.

Msgr. Irwin will explain the means of divine and human communication inherent in the celebration of the sacraments, including Catholic principles and theological meanings.

He is the Msgr. Walter J. Schmitz, S.S. Professor of Liturgical Studies and professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology at The Catholic University of America, where he formerly served as the dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Msgr. Irwin is in the process of writing What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: An Appraisal of the Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reform (Paulist Press).

He is the author of 14 books on liturgy and the sacraments, including Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality (Paulist Press, 1984), Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology (Liturgical Press, 1994), and Models of the Eucharist (Paulist Press, 2005). His research and publishing interests also include the principles of mediation and sacramentality and the role of creation in liturgy and sacraments.

A priest of the Archdiocese of New York, Msgr. Irwin is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

The feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, a Dominican tertiary, virgin, Doctor of the Church, and one of the principal patrons of Europe, is observed on April 29.

The St. Catherine of Siena Lecture on Spirituality and the Frontiers of Evangelization is one of four lectures presented annually by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife, Kathleen Reilly Quinn. 

— Vicki-Ann Downing


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