David Fagerberg

David Fagerberg

Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies
Liturgical Studies


B.A., Augsburg College 1972

M.Div., Luther Northwestern Seminary 1977

M.A., St. John's University (Collegeville) 1982

S.T.M., Yale Divinity School 1983

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University 1991

Research and Teaching Interests

Fagerberg’s area of study is liturgical theology: its definition and methodology, and how the Church’s lex orandi (law of prayer) is the foundation for her lex credendi (law of belief). Lately he has been working on how liturgy, theology, and asceticism interrelate. He also has interests in sacramental theology, Eastern Orthodoxy, linguistic philosophy, scholasticism, G. K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis.  

Recent Publications


Chesterton is Everywhere (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2013).

On Liturgical Asceticism (Catholic University of America Press, 2013)

Theologia Prima: What is Liturgical Theology? (The Hillenbrand Press, 2003).

The Size of Chesterton's Catholicism (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998)

What is Liturgical Theology? (Collegeville, MN: Pueblo, The Liturgical Press, 1992)


The Church's Year: Unfolding the Whole Mystery of Christ, Catholic Truth Society, London, 2013

Mary in the Liturgy, Catholic Truth Society, London, January, 2012.

The Christian Meaning of Time: Feasts, Seasons and the History of Salvation, Catholic Truth Society, London, 2006.

Book Chapters:

Introduction to Mediator Dei in The Liturgy Documents, vol 3 (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013) 100-106. 

Contribution to A Pastoral Commentary on Sacrosanctum Concilium (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013). 

Foreword to A Liturgical Theology of the Body, by Adam Cooper (Angelico Press, June 2014).

"Que es la Teologia Liturgica?" in Teologia Liturgica: Metodos Y Perspectivas, ed. Felix Maria Arocena (Barcelona: Centre de Pastoral Liturgica, 128, 2013) 13-33.

"Moje rozumienie teologii liturgicznej" in Teologia liturgiczna: W Poszukiwaniu Syntezy w Teologii, ed. Fr. Boguslaw Migut (Wydawnictwo Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawla II, 2013) 73-103.

"Wisdom has Built her Beautiful House for Liturgy," chapter for The Beauty of the House of God: Essays for Stratford Caldecott, ed. Francesca Murphy (WIPF and Stock, 2014).

“Liturgy and Divinization,” a chapter in Called to be Children of God: Divinization in the Catholic Tradition, ed. Meconi and Olson (Ignatius, 2014)

"Liturgy, Signs and Sacraments," article for Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology. Ed Matt Levering (Oxford University Press, 2014).

"Icon as Image of Asceticism and Deification," Sacred Imagination, ed. Charles Gordon, C.S.C. and Margaret Hogan (Portland: University of Portland, 2009) 137-149

Recent Articles:

"The Church Protects Your Happiness (Whether You Like it or Not)", Lay Witness, September/ October 2013, 4-7.

"Que es la Teologia Liturgica?" Teologia Liturgica: Metodos Y Perspectivas (Barcelona: Centre de Pastoral Liturgica, 128, 2013) 13-33. 

"The Sacraments as Actions of the Mystical Body," Communio, vol. 39, No. 4, Winter 2012, 554-568.

"Mary as Liturgical Person," Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Vol. 53 (2012), Nos 3-4, 299-315.

“What is the Subject Matter of Liturgical Theology?” Roczniki Liturgiczno-Homiletyczne, John Paul II University, Lublin, Poland, 1 (57) 2010, 41-51.

"Liturgy As Icon of the Theological Imagination," Louvain Studies, vol. 34, 2-3 (2009-2010) 227-248.

“Grace Perfecting Nature: A Roman Catholic Response to Peter Dabrock,” Christian Bioethics, Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press. January 2, 2010.

Works in Progress:

“Liturgical Theology: The State of the Question,” chapter in Handbook on Liturgy, T&T Clark Publishers, ed. Alcuin Reid (T&T Clark, January 2015).

“The Sacraments,” article for Oxford Handbook on the Sacraments, ed Lewis Ayres (Oxford University Press, 2015).

"Divinization and the New Evangelization," chapter in God in the Pews: Reflections on Liturgical Divinization, ed. Andrew Hofer, OP (Hillenbrand Books, 2015).

120 Articles in Gilbert, a Magazine on G.K. Chesterton


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