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.

Recent Posts

Martha of Bethany: A Saint for Those at Home

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jul 29, 2020 7:55:00 AM

Domestic life can be… challenging. Many people are still spending more and more time in their homes, and many more are finding that the struggle to keep the home a space where people would actually want to spend their time is very, very real. 

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Topics: contemplative prayer, domestic church, coronavirus, social distancing, St. Martha

Celebrating Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jul 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In 2016, Pope Francis raised the rank of today’s celebration of Mary Magdalene from Memorial to Feast in the liturgical calendar. This means that not only will the special readings for the day be proclaimed, but the Gloria will be prayed, and, for the first time ever, a special Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer will be included in the celebration of the Mass.

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Topics: evangelization, Gospel, Mary Magdalene, liturgical year

Embracing Sacrifice

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jun 30, 2020 1:35:54 PM

Today, the Church celebrates the First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church. These men and women were martyred en masse by Emperor Nero in Rome in the year 64 A.D., in his effort to shift the blame for the great fire of Rome from himself to the Christian community. 

While the names of these proto-martyrs of the Church are lost to history, their deaths inspired many to convert to Christianity, proving once again the truth of Tertullian’s statement that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” 

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Topics: communion of saints, Eucharist, Eucharistic Prayer, sacrifice, Saturdays with the Saints, martyrdom

Essay Excerpt: Fr. Ted Hesburgh's Call to Civil Conversion

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jun 11, 2020 11:46:52 AM

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. (1917–2015), known affectionately by the Notre Dame community as Fr. Ted, served as President of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 until 1987. A highly respected servant leader, Hesburgh served as a member of the United States Civil Rights Commission, beginning in 1957. Throughout the 1960s, he continued to advocate strongly for civil rights, speaking at a rally in Chicago in 1964 organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an event that has been immortalized in an iconic photo of Hesburgh and King standing side by side, amid other activists, hands joined, singing “We Shall Overcome.” 

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Topics: pro-life, human dignity, human flourishing, Civil Rights, Fr. Ted Hesburgh CSC

Marian Music for the Month of May

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on May 14, 2020 2:07:00 PM

In times of stress or confusion, the beauty of music can provide a much-needed balm for a weary heart. Sadly, most if not all public music performances have been canceled these past few months, a pattern that is likely to continue in the months ahead. While nothing compares to the gift of attending a live concert, through the gift of technology, we are still able to discover and enjoy and benefit from listening to music.

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Topics: liturgical music, Mary, Marian devotion

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