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


2016. Consecrating the World: On Mundane Liturgical Theology (Angelico Press) April,  2016

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:

Forthcoming – “The Ascetical Formation of an Ordained Icon of Christ,” chapter in book publishing papers from the Institute for Pastoral Formation seminar on asceticism and the formation of a seminarian; also short preface to this collection of essays

Forthcoming – "The Diaconal Character in the Lex Orandi of the Ordination Rite," chapter in book publishing papers from the Institute for Pastoral Formation seminar on the diaconate.

2017, “The Sacraments” article for Oxford Handbook on the Sacraments, ed Lewis Ayres (Oxford University Press, 2017).

2016. “Liturgy and Divinization,” chapter in Called to be Children of God: Divinization in the Catholic Tradition, ed. Meconi and Olson (Ignatius, 2016) 274-283.

2016. "The Christian Life as Marked by the Celebrated Mystery," Il mistero di Cristo: reso presente nella liturgia, ed. Juan Silvestre & Juan Rego (Rome, Edizioni Santa Croce srl, 2016) 121-135.

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

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..


2016. Preface to Divo Barsotti, Suspended BetweenTwo Abysses: Meditations on Freedom, (Chorabooks ebook, August, 2016)

2015. "A Theologian Is One Who Prays," Word & World, Vol. 35, Number 1, Winter 2015, 57-64.

2014. Foreword to Holy Eros: A Liturgical Theology of the Body, by Adam Cooper (Angelico Press, 2014) i-iv.

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

2013. “Humility Without Humiliation: a Capacitation for Life in Elfland in the Thought of G. K. Chesterton,” American Theological Inquiry Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2013, 9-23.

2013. Introductory article in A Pastoral Commentary on Sacrosanctum Concilium (Liturgy Training Publications, 2013).

2013. Introductory article in The Liturgy Documents, vol 3 (Liturgy Training Publications, 2013).

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.

2011. “Say What? Praying with the Roman Missal,” Liguorian, Vol. 99, No. 9, November 2011, 9-12.

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.

2009. "Virgil Michel on Liturgy and Social Justice: A New Appraisal," Chicago Studies, Vol. 48:3, fall/winter 2009

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


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