Kimberly Belcher

Kimberly Belcher

Assistant Professor
Liturgical Studies


2009, Ph.D. in Theology University of Notre Dame
2003, M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
2001, B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Recent Publications

2011. Efficacious Engagement: Sacramental Participation in the Trinitarian Mystery. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
Book Chapters:
2014. “Sacramental and Liturgical Theology: 1900-2000,” in Oxford Handbook for Catholic Theology, edited by Lewis Ayres. New York: Oxford University.
2014. “Can a Mother Forget Her Nursing Child? Flesh, Blessing, and the Eucharist,” in At the Heart of the Liturgy: Reflections on Nathan D. Mitchell’s Amen Corners 1992-2012, edited by Maxwell Johnson, Tim O’Malley, Demetrio S. Yocum. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
2012. “The Feast of Peace: The Eucharist as a Sacrifice and a Meal in Benedict XVI's Theology,” in Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, edited by John Cavadini, pp. 254-75. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria.
2010. “Ritual Identity and Cultural Transition in the Syro-Malabar Rite Catholic Church in Chicago,” in Transfer and Spaces, Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, vol 5. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 


Kimberly was appointed to the faculty at Notre Dame in 2013, and does research in sacramental and liturgical theology and ritual studies. Her current work explores how seeing the worship of the Church as human ritual can enhance an understanding of it as the work of God, and how the West can rediscover the Holy Spirit's work in order to develop a fully Trinitarian theology of sacrament. In addition, Kimberly is interested in Catholic and ecumenical Eucharistic theology, in ritual adaptation and identity transformation, and in the liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Rite Catholic Church, especially in the United States.

Kimberly is married and has three small children. She also writes for the liturgy blog PrayTell, hosted by Liturgical Press.


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