Maxwell Johnson

Maxwell  Johnson

Professor
Professor of Liturgical Studies
Liturgical Studies

Education

B.A., Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1974

M.Div., Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, 1978

M.A., School of Theology, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1982

M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1989; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

Johnson's research interests are in the origins and development of early Christian Liturgy and in the history and theology of the rites of Christian initiation. His book, The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, revised and expanded edition (Collegeville: Pueblo, 2007), is widely used in schools of theology and seminaries.

He is the author and/or editor of several books, including The Prayers of Sarapion of Thmuis in the Orientalia Christiana Analecta monograph series published by the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome; as co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw and L. Edward Phillips, The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary, Hermeneia Commentary Series (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2002); The Virgin of Guadalupe: Theological Reflections of an Anglo-Lutheran Liturgist (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); as editor, Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy, Revised and Expanded Edition (London: SPCK, 2004); Worship: Rites, Feasts, and Reflections (Portland: The Pastoral Press, 2004); Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2005); as editor and contributor, Issues In Eucharistic Praying in East and West.  Collegeville:  Pueblo, 2011); as co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw, The Origins of Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons (London: SPCK, 2011); as co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw, The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation (Collegeville: Pueblo, 2012) and over 75 articles in scholarly and pastoral-theological publications.

See below for a video of Prof. Johnson discussing Benedictine Spirituality.

Recent Publications

Books:

2015. The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation.Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

2015. Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary. Revised Edition. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press.

2014. Co-editor with Tim O’Malley and Demetrio Yocum. At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan Mitchell’s ‘Amen Corners’ 1991-2012. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

2013. Images of Baptism. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2001. Reprinted by Ashland City, TN: Order of St. Luke Publications, 2013.

2013. Praying and Believing in Early Christianity: The Interplay Between Christian Worship and Doctrine. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

2012. Co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw, The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation. Alcuin Club Collections, 87. London: SPCK and Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

2012. Editor, Sacraments and Worship. The Westminster Collection of Sources of Christian Theology. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press.

2011. Editor and Contributor, Issues In Eucharistic Praying in East and West. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

2011. Co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw, The Origins of Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons in Early Christianity, Alcuin Club Collections 86. London; SPCK; Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

2010. Editor and Contributor, American Magnificat: Protestants on Mary of Guadalupe. Collegeville: Michael Glazier.

2007. The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, revised and expanded edition. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, a Pueblo Book.

2005. Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press.

2004. Worship: Rites, Feasts, and Reflections. Portland: The Pastoral Press.

2004. Co-editor with L. Edward Phillips and Contributor, Studia Liturgica Diversa: Essays in Honor of Paul F. Bradshaw. Portland: The Pastoral Press.

2003. Revised and Expanded Edition of E.C. Whitaker, Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy. Alcuin Club Collections 79. London: SPCK; Collegeville: Pueblo, 2003.

With. Paul F. Bradshaw and L. Edward Phillips. 2002. The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary, Hermeneia Commentary Series. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

2002. The Virgin of Guadalupe: Theological Reflections of an Anglo-Lutheran Liturgist Foreword by Virgil P. Elizondo.  Celebrating Faith: Explorations in Latino Spirituality and Theology Series Landham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

2001. Images of Baptism. Forum Essays 6. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications.

2000. Editor and Contributor, Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo.

1999. The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation.Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo. This also appears as Alcuin Club Collections, vol. 76.

1995. Liturgy in Early Christian Egypt . (= Alcuin/GROW Liturgical Study 33), Grove Books, Ltd.: Bramcote/Notts.

1995. The Prayers of Sarapion of Thmuis: A Literary, Liturgical, and Theological  Analysis. (= Orientalia Christiana Analecta 249), Pontifical Oriental Institute: Rome.

1995. Editor and Contributor. Living Water, Sealing Spirit: Readings on Christian Initiation. The Liturgical Press, Pueblo Books: Collegeville, MN, 1995.

1985. Beginnings: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism. Seattle: Morse Press..

Book Chapters:

2013. “Sharing ‘The Cup of Christ’: The Cessation of Martyrdom and Anaphoral  Development,” 26-30, in Basilius J. Groen and Steven Hawkes Teeples (eds.), Studies on the Liturgies of the Christian East: Selected Papers from the Third International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, Volos, Greece, May 26-30 2010, Eastern Christian Studies. Leuven: Peeters, 2013: 109- 126.                                             

2013. “Initiation,” The Study of Liturgy and Worship: An Alcuin Guide, ed. Juliette Day and Ben Gordon-Taylor. London: SPCK, 25-34.

2012. “Baptismal Liturgy in Fourth-Century Jerusalem in Light of Recent Scholarship,” in Basilius J. Groen, Steven Hawkes Teeples, and Stefanos Alexopoulos (eds.), Inquiries  into  Eastern  Christian  Worship:  Selected  Papers  of  the  Second International Congress  of  the  Society  of  Oriental  Liturgy,  Rome,  17  –  21 September 2008, Eastern Christian Studies, Vol. 12. Leuven: Peeters: 81-98.

Articles:

2014. "The Blessed Virgin Mary and Ecumenical Convergence in Doctrine, Doxology, and Devotion, Worship 88, 4 (November 2014): 482-506.

2014. ""Let's Stop Making 'Converts' at Easter," Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation 36, 5 (September 2014), 15-26; reprinted from Catechumenate: Journal of Christian Initiation 21, 5 (September, 1999): 10-20.

2014. “Baptism and Chrismation in Third- and Fourth-Century Egypt,” Worship 88, 4 (2014): 311-32.

2014. “Reflection: The Apostle to the Apostles,” Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic (July 2014): 232-3.

2013. “Reflection: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” for Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic (August, 2013), 162-3.

2013. "Martyrs and the Mass: The Interpolation of the Narrative of Institution into the Anaphora," Worship 87, 1 (2013): 2-22.

2012. “Mary of Guadalupe and the Season of Advent,” Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic (December, 2012), 131.

2011. “What is Normative in Contemporary Lutheran Worship? Word and Sacrament as Non-Negotiable,” Currents in Theology and Mission 38, 4  (August 2011): 245-55.

2011. “Ecumenism and the Study of Liturgy; What Shall We Do Now?” Liturgical Ministry 20, Retrospective: 20 years of Liturgical Ministry (Winter 2011): 13-21.

 

Biography

In January 2013, Johnson was elected vice-president of the North American Academy of Liturgy.  He will assume the presidency in 2014.

In 2012, Johnson was honored by the publication of A Living Tradition: On the Intersection of Liturgical History and Pastoral Practice: Essays in Honor of Maxwell E. Johnson, Ed. David Pitt, Stefanos Alexopoulos, and Christian McConnell (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo, 2012).

Website

http://www.nd.edu/~mjohnson

Contact

432 Malloy Hall
574-631-4118
Maxwell.E.Johnson.254@nd.edu