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Gil Ostdiek, OFM, receives 2014 Berakah Award

January 8, 2014

Congratulations to CTU Professor Gil Ostdiek, OFM, who was awarded the North American Academy of Liturgy's (NAAL) prestigious Berakah Award on Jan. 4, 2014. NAAL is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship.  The Berakah Award is given to liturgists or persons of an allied vocation in recognition of distinguished contribution to the professional work of liturgy. Recipients of the Berakah are normally members of the Academy. Nominations come from the membership at large, and the Academiy Committee makes the selection.

Professor Ostdiek is a founding member of Catholic Theological Union, and is currently a member of CTU's Department of Word and Worship (WW). He has taught liturgy at the graduate level for more than 50 years and numerous adult education workshops on liturgy.

In receiving this award, Professor Ostdiek said, "I am deeply honored to have received the Berakah Award.  My first priority as a liturgist, whether in graduate level teaching, adult education workshops, or translating prayer texts from Latin, has always been to help people understand the renewed liturgy more deeply and connect it to daily living.  Attention to the many ways in which the liturgy speaks to people, especially non-verbally, has been at the heart of my efforts.  In my response to the award, I chose to focus on the ‘language of space’ to honor in turn all who have devoted themselves to building and renovating places of worship."

Pictured below with CTU colleagues at the awards ceremony are (l to r): Prof. Edward Foley, Capuchin (2013 Berakah recipient); Prof. Richard McCarron; Prof. Eileen Crowley; Prof. Gil Ostdiek, OFM; President Mark Francis, CSV.