Assistant Professor of Liturgy
M.T.S., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Anne McGowan’s vocation as a liturgical scholar was kindled by her involvement in pastoral liturgical ministry, and the ongoing engagement of academic insights and practical application is an important component of her work. She has taught courses on the Eucharist, the celebration of the liturgy, the liturgical year, liturgical prayer, sacramental theology, and the Church’s rites of healing and rites of vocation. She enjoys introducing students to the rich heritage of the Christian liturgical tradition and engaging with them in critical reflection on texts and traditions, rituals and aesthetics.
Her research interests focus on the theological, historical, and ritual development of Christian worship practices and the ways in which these practices (as articulated in texts and celebrated in living contexts) invite and engage the full and active participation of all members of the Body of Christ and call them to live differently in the Church and in the world. The textual and dialogical engagement of liturgical matters among various Christian traditions, East and West, ancient and modern was a central theme in her first book, Eucharistic Epicleses, Ancient and Modern: Speaking of the Spirit in Eucharistic Prayer (S.P.C.K. / Liturgical Press, 2014) and is the focal point of an ongoing research project on the Western interpretation, incorporation, and occasional exploitation of Eastern Christian liturgical theologies and practices in the modern era. Other current research projects include a forthcoming book, The Pilgrimage of Egeria: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (co-authored with Paul Bradshaw) and exploration of how sacramental rites and catechesis involve the sacramental awareness of children and recognize young people as capable of appropriating and enacting Christian faith at a level appropriate to their embodied existence and chronological and intellectual maturity.
Before joining the faculty at CTU, Anne was the inaugural postdoctoral associate in liturgical studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2011–2012), a postdoctoral teaching scholar in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and an adjunct professor of theology teaching in the area of liturgical studies at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. Her professional memberships include the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the American Academy of Religion.