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Edward Foley, Capuchin, Named Berakah Laureate

October 11, 2012


We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Edward Foley, Capuchin, has been named Berakah Laureate by the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). Fr. Foley is the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union, as well as past president of the Academy and a founding member of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. His accomplishments are many — 22 books authored, co-authored or edited; 41 published chapters in books; 32 peer-reviewed articles; and dozens of presentations to dioceses, universities and organizations worldwide.

NAAL is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship. The Berakah Award is given every year to a liturgist or person of an allied vocation in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the professional work of liturgy. 

The Academy's purpose is: 1) to promote liturgical scholarship among its members through opportunities for exchange of ideas, and 2) to extend the benefits of this scholarship to the worshiping communities to which its members belong.

The  origins of the Academy date back to December 1973, when more than 50 American experts in liturgy met, inspired by the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. The ecumenical gathering, sponsored by the Journal of Theological Studies and organized  by Rev. Walter Burghardt, S.J., and Rev. John Gallen, S.J., met to discuss the principle opportunities, needs, and problems of liturgical renewal. In January 1975, the Academy was founded at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

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