Kimberly Belcher

Kimberly Belcher

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Liturgical Studies


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Sacramental and liturgical theology, ritual studies, ecumenism, phenomenology, and Trinitarian theology.

Selected Publications

Efficacious Engagement: Sacramental Participation in the Trinitarian Mystery. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011).

“Ritual Systems and the Laws of Liturgical Reception,” Studia Liturgica (forthcoming).

“The Givenness of Thanks and the Eucharist: Marion, Acknowledgments, and Anaphora,” Louvain Studies 40 (2017) 347-367;

“Ex Opere Operato and Sacraments of Faith: A Trinitarian Proposal,” Worship 90:3 (2016) 225–45;

“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, 2014), 1–12.


Professor Belcher grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and attended the University of Florida, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry. It was at the university parish of St .Augustine's that she became interested in liturgy and theology. Coming to Notre Dame for graduate work, she eventually received an M.T.S. and Ph.D. in liturgical studies. She taught at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, before returning to Notre Dame on the faculty in 2013. Professor Belcher has three children.



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