M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Professor Richard McCarron received a M.A. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of liturgical and sacramental theology, liturgical history, liturgy and culture, and catechesis. He is committed to authentic expressions of liturgy among particular communities of faith, attending to the interaction of liturgical celebration and culture in past and present. He engages the methods of critical hermeneutics to develop a dynamic theology of liturgy and sacrament and aims to help pastoral ministers realize the formative power of liturgical celebrations and reflection on them. His research areas are liturgy and sacrament in postmodernity; hermeneutics of imagination and liturgy; and contemporary efforts at inculturation and liturgy. He continues interest in the East Syrian liturgy, which was the subject of his doctoral research.
Richard’s book, The Eucharistic Prayer at Sunday Mass, won first place from the Catholic Press Association Book Award for Liturgy in 1998 (Liturgy Training Publications, 1998/reprinted Wipf and Stock, 2008). Richard’s more recent work includes contributions to the Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (ed. E. Foley, J. Pierce, and N. Mitchell [Liturgical Press, 2007]), and “Why Have You Abandoned Us? Liturgy in a Time of Natural Disaster” in All Your Waves Swept Over Me: Looking for God in Natural Disasters (ed. N. De Flon and J. Wallace [Paulist, 2007]).
Richard’s more recent work includes contributions on Inculturation and the Roman Liturgy in Liturgy Training Publication’s forthcoming anniversary volume on Sacrosanctum Concilium and three chapters in A Commentary on the Order of Mass of “The Roman Missal,” edited by E. Foley, J. Baldovin, M. Collins, and J. Pierce (Liturgical Press, 2011). His articles have appeared in Liturgical Ministry, Liturgy, Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, Hugoye:Journal of Syriac Studies, The Living Light, Emmanuel, The Bible Today, and Assembly. He was a contributor to the revised New Catholic Encyclopedia, for which he also served as an assistant editor (1999–2000). Richard served as coeditor of New Theology Review 2006–2011 and is now editor of the Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy.
Richard is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Societas Liturgica, the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.