Baldovin to Lecture on the Sacramentality of the Word

John F. Baldovin is professor of historical and liturgical theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.As part of the School of Theology's Advanced Degrees Program, he will give a public lecture on "The Sacramentality of the Word: An Ecumenical Approach" on June 21 at 7 p.m. in Hamilton Hall. He will be in Sewanee teaching a course on contemporary liturgical theology. For his lecture, Baldovin will address the question—Traditional theology and more recent ecumenical discussion both reveal that it is possible to speak of the sacramental nature of God's word. How does this sacramentality of God's Word relate to Tradition? to the place of the Word in the Church's liturgy?

There will be a book signing and reception following the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Since 2013–2014, Baldovin has held the Loyola Chair in Theology at Fordham University. He is a priest of the U.S. Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

He has published on liturgy widely in journals including Worship, Theological Studies, America and Commonweal. Among his books are Living Bread, Saving Cup: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008). He has co-edited a commentary on the revised Order of Mass with Mary Collins, Edward Foley, and Joanne Pierce. His most recent book Catholic Sacraments, edited together with David Turnbloom was published by Paulist Press in 2015.

Baldovin has taught at Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and, since 1999 at Weston and now BC’s STM. He has also been visiting professor at The University of Notre Dame and St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB as well as the advisory committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994-2002. He is past president of the N. American Academy of Liturgy as well as the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He received the Berakah Award for distinguished achievement from the NAAL in 2007. He is also past-president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy.

Among his books are Living Bread, Saving Cup: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008). He has co-edited a commentary on the revised Order of Mass with Mary Collins, Edward Foley, and Joanne Pierce. His most recent book Catholic Sacraments, edited together with David Turnbloom was published by Paulist Press in 2015.