Carolyn Pirtle

Carolyn Pirtle
As Program Director of the Center for Liturgy, Carolyn oversees the planning and facilitation of the Center’s signature events, particularly the annual symposium, Liturgy Week, as well as the McGrath Institute’s annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage, and the Marian Procession and May Crowning. Additionally, Carolyn assists with liturgical planning for the entire McGrath Institute, collaborates in the liturgical and musical formation of MICL program participants, and is a contributing member of the editorial board for Church Life Journal, where she writes on liturgical music, aesthetics, devotional practice, and popular culture.

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Meet the Newest Saints of the Church

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Oct 14, 2019 3:17:31 PM

This past Saturday, tens of thousands of people crowded into St. Peter's Square in Rome to celebrate as Pope Francis canonized five new saints. Read on to learn about their remarkable lives.

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Topics: holiness, John Henry Newman, saints, universal call to holiness, Margherita Bays, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes, Giuseppina Vannini

The Rosary in Real Life

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Oct 7, 2019 7:02:00 AM

October is the month of the Rosary, and as the Church celebrates Our Lady of the Rosary today, I find myself reflecting on how this prayer has shaped my life of faith. Inevitably, my mind returns to my childhood, to praying the Rosary with my family.

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Topics: devotional prayer, Mary, rosary

A Saint in Progress: Seeing Leonardo Da Vinci's St. Jerome

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Sep 30, 2019 3:52:12 PM

Today, September 30, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Jerome (ca. 345/7–420), one of the four great Latin doctors of the Church, along with Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, and Gregory the Great. He is primarily known for translating the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments) into Latin. His translation, known as the Vulgate, was adopted as the official Latin translation of the Bible.

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Topics: art, Scripture, Scriptures, St. Jerome, Leonardo Da Vinci, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Series Recap: Embracing Parish Life

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Sep 25, 2019 7:05:00 AM

For the past four weeks, we've published a series of articles from Echo Associate Director Katie Diltz on the importance of not just participating in parish life at a surface level, but diving deep to embrace life in one's parish community more fully and fruitfully.

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Topics: Millennials, young people, parish life

Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Aug 14, 2019 11:01:13 AM

Today marks the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest executed at Auschwitz on August 14, 1941, offering his life in the place of a fellow prisoner who had been condemned to death. 

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Topics: saints, Saturdays with the Saints, St. Maximilian Kolbe

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