David Fagerberg

David Fagerberg

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


2013. Chesterton is Everywhere. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing.

2013. On Liturgical Asceticism. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press.

2003. Theologia Prima: What is Liturgical Theology? Chicago: The Hillenbrand Press.

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

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

Book Chapters:

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

2015. “The Sacraments” in Oxford Handbook on the Sacraments, ed Lewis Ayre. Oxford: Oxford University Press,

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

2015. "What is Primary Theology (Good for)? The Challenging Legacy of Alexander Schmemann and Aidan Kavanagh," in Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies, ed. Joris Geldhof. Leuven: BETL, Peeters.

2014. "Wisdom has Built her Beautiful House for Liturgy," in The Beauty of the House of God: Essays for Stratford Caldecott, ed. Francesca Murphy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

2014. Foreword to A Liturgical Theology of the Body, by Adam Cooper. San Francisco: Angelico Press.

2014. “Liturgy and Divinization,” in Called to be Children of God: Divinization in the Catholic Tradition, ed. Meconi and Olson. San Francisco: Ignatius.

2014. "Liturgy, Signs and Sacraments," in Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology. Ed Matt Levering. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

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

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

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

2011. "The Christian Hypothesis," in Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos, ed. Stephen Napier, pp. 145-63.  New York: Springer..


2014. "On Liturgical Marriage," Antiphon, Vol. 18, No. 1: 10-31.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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