Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell Resized

Emeritus Faculty 
Liturgical Studies


B.A., St. Meinrad College, 1966; M.A., Indiana University, 1971; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1978

Research and Teaching Interests

Liturgical and Sacramental Theology

Recent Publications


Cult and Controversy (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press / A Pueblo Book, 1982)

Eucharist as a Sacrament of Initiation (Chicago; Liturgy Training Publications, 1994)

Liturgy and the Social Sciences (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999)

 Real Presence: The Work of Eucharist (new and expanded edition; Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2001)

Meeting Mystery (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006)

The Mystery of the Rosary: Marian Devotion and the Reinvention of Catholicism (New York: New York University Press, 2009)



Since 1991, his column "The Amen Corner" has appeared in each issue of Worship magazine.

His most recent article is, “The Liturgy of the Word: The Theology of the Latin Text and Rite” in A Commentary on The Order of Mass, The Roman Missal (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2011).


Professor Mitchell’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of liturgical and sacramental theology. In 1998, Mitchell was presented with the Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy. In 2003, colleagues celebrated Mitchell's 60th birthday with a Festschrift entitled Ars Liturgiae: Worship, Aesthetics, and Praxis: Essays in Honor of Nathan D. Mitchell, edited by Clare V. Johnson (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2003). Mitchell also serves as Associate Director for Research and Publications at the Notre Dame Center of Liturgy .


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