Michael S. Driscoll

Michael S. Driscoll

Associate Professor
Co-Director of the Master in Sacred Music Program (MSM)
Liturgical Studies


B.A., Carroll College [Helena, MT], 1969; S.T.B., Gregorian University [Rome], 1977; S.T.L., Saint Anselmo [Rome], 1980; S.T.D., Institut Catholique [Paris], 1986; Ph.D., University of Paris Sorbonne, 1986

Research and Teaching Interests

Driscoll's scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology.  He regularly teaches Eucharist to ministerial students in the M.Div. and MSM programs and sacramental theology to undergraduate students, particularly to those minoring in the Liturgical Music Ministry program, which he directs.



Recent Publications


The Order of Mass: A Roman Missal Study Edition and Workbook, co-authored with J. Michael Joncas, Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2011

Alcuin et la pénitence à l'époque carolingienne, Liturgiewissenschaftliche Quellen und Forschungen 81, Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 1999

Book Chapters:

"Promotion of Liturgical Instruction and Active Participation,” A Pastoral Commentary on Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vartican Council, Josuhua Brommer, et al, Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 27-47, 2013.

“Pastoral Introduction,” The Liturgy Documents: Essential Documents for Parish Sacramental Rites and Other Liturgies, vol. 5. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications

“Introduction to Lumen Gentium,” The Liturgy Documents: Essential Documents for Parish Sacramental Rites and Other Liturgies, vol. 4. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2012

“The Eucharist and Social Justice,” Sacraments and Justice, Doris Donnely, ed. Collegeville, The Liturgical Press, 2012

“General Introduction,” The Liturgy Documents: Essential Documents for Parish Sacramental Rites and Other Liturgies (2nd ed), vol. 2. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2012

“General Introduction,” The Liturgy Documents: Essential Documents for Parish Worship (5th ed), vol. 1. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2012

“Church Architecture and Liturgy in the Carolingian Period,”  A Companion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages, Ian Levy, Gary Macy and Kristen Van Ausdall, eds., Koninklijke Brill, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publications. 2011

"The Conversion of the Nations," The Oxford History of Christian Worship, Geoffrey Wainwright and Karen Westerfield Tucker, eds, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2006

“Musical Mystagogy: Catechizing through the Sacred Arts,”  in Music in Christian Worship:  At the Service of the Liturgy, Charlotte Kroeker, ed., Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005

"Mozart and Catholic Marriage," The Art of Liturgy: Essays in Honor of Nathan Mitchell, Clare Johnson, ed., Chicago : Liturgy Training Publications, 2003

"The Many Modes of Christ’s Presence in the Revised Sacramentary,” The Many Presences of Christ, T. Fitzgerald  and D. Lysic, eds., Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1999

“Liturgy and Devotions: Back to the Future?" in The Renewal That Awaits Us, E. Bernstein and M. Connell, eds., Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1997

"Penance in Transition: Popular Piety and Practice," in Medieval Liturgy, L. Larson-Miller, ed., New York: Garland Publishing, 1997

“From Faith Through Creed To Unity?: From Montreal to Santiago,” Unum Omnes in Christo in Unitatis Servitio Miscellanea Gerardo J. Békés OSB,, Ádám Somorjai OSB, ed., Pannonhalma: Bencés Fóapátság, 1995

Refereed Articles:

"The Sacrament of the Eucharist." John D. Laurance, S.J.. in Theological Studies.(May 2013).

“Every Knee Shall Bend: Liturgical and Ascetical Prayer in V-VII Century Palestine,” co-authored with Susan Guise Sheridan, Worship 74.5, 2000: 453-468

“The Seven Psalms of Penitence: Their Designation and Usage from the Middle Ages Onwards,” Ecclesia Orans 17.2, 2000: 153-201

“Death, Dying and Burial: Liturgical Considerations from the Early Middle Ages,” The Jurist 59.1, 1999: 229-48

“Ad Pueros Sancti Martini: A Critical Edition, English Translation and Study of the Manuscript Transmission,” Traditio  53, 1998: 37-61

"The Baptism of Clovis and French Baptismal Consciousness," Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Jan 4-7, 1997, Valparaiso, IN, 1997: 133-45

"The Precum Libelli and Carolingian Spirituality," Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Jan 2-5, 1990, Valparaiso, IN, 1990: 68-76

Solicited Articles:

The Ars Celebrandi and the Sacred Arts,” Pastoral Liturgy vol 43.6 (Nov-Dec, 2012) 4-8

“Ministering the Missal: Introductory and Concluding Rites,” Liturgical Ministry vol 20(Summer, 2011) 117-22

“Preparing Musicians for Ministry,” Pastoral Music 33.2 (Dec, 2008) 28-29

“The Liturgy and the Ars Celebrandi,”   Pastoral Music 31.2  (Dec-Jan, 2007) 35-36

"Sending Us Forth: Eucharist, Mission and the Closing Rites," America 193.9 (Oct 3, 2005) 20-22

“TLS Needs TLC: Sacred Arts for the Art of Liturgy,” AIM: Liturgy Resources (Fall, 2004) 27-9.

“Interview with Père Pierre-Marie Gy, OP,” Voices from the Council, Michael Prendergast & M. D. Ridge, eds., Pastoral Press, Portland, OR, 2004

“Voices from the Council,” Today’s Liturgy (Feb-Jun, 2004), 12-13

“AGO, CAL, CRCCM, Form/Reform, NAAL, NPM, SCL, Forum,” Today’s Liturgy (Sept-Nov, 2003), 21.

"Per Sora Nostra Morte Corporale: The Role of Medieval Women in Death and Burial Practices," Liturgical Ministry, 10 (Issue on Liturgy in Context, 2001), Winter: 14-22

“Bread of Life: The Two Tables,” Assembly 26,5 Sep, 2000: 36-40

“Symbol, Mystery, and Catechesis: Toward a Mystagogical  Approach,” Liturgical Ministry, vol. 7 (Issue on Liturgy and Catechesis), Spring, 1998: 67-75

"Sexuality and Spirituality in the Life of the Celibate," Chicago Studies, vol. 32, Nov, 1993: 203-13

“Sacramental Symbols in a Technological Age,” Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, 25: 1, Winter, 1990: 61-70


He has served as convener of the study groups in Medieval Liturgy for the North American Academy of Liturgy, and in January 2001 was elected Vice-President (2001) and President-Elect (2002). In August 2001 he was elected to the Council of the Societas Liturgica, an international and ecumenical society of liturgists. He is the president of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy (2012-13) and has also served the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a liturgical advisor.





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