St Benedict Chair of Liturgy

The St Benedict Chair of Liturgy
is established to fund
one full-time professor
and researcher in liturgy

Purpose: The St Benedict Chair of liturgy is established to provide one full-time salary to allow its holder to pursue research and publishing and graduate level teaching in liturgy for the Institutum Liturgicum.

Management: The chair is a supported financially by a dedicated fund held at St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas, and managed by Fr Maurice Haefling, OSB, Business Manager.

Tax Deductable: Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

Status: The chair is recently established and is seeking initial funds.

Giving: You may make your donation to St. Benedict’s Abbey, specifying it is for the St. Benedict Chair of Liturgy (link here).

Holder: The chair is currently held by:

Fr Daniel McCarthy, OSB

St Benedict Chair of Liturgy

Head of Liturgy, Institutum Liturgicum



a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas USA

I professed monastic vows on 15 August, 1983 and

was ordained to the presbyterate on 15 June, 1991.


• Doctor of Sacred Liturgy (S.L.D.), Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, 2008.

• License of Sacred Liturgy (S.L.L.), Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, 2005.

• I came to Sant’Anselmo, in the Fall of 1999 to pursue advanced studies in Liturgy.

• M.A. in Theology studying Liturgy, University of Notre Dame du Lac, 1999.

• M.Div., St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN, 1990.

• B.A., Benedictine College, Atchison, KS double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1985.


Teaching & Ministry:

• I am co-founder of the Institutum Liturgicum.

• I am co-director of the project Appreciating the liturgy.

• I serve as co-editor of the book series: Liturgiam  aestimare: Appreciating the Liturgy.

• I serve on the editorial board of Questions Liturgiques / Studies in Liturgy.

• I wrote the weekly column “Listen to the Word”, The Tablet, London from 2006-2011.

• I serve as the Assistant Director of Landings U.K.

• I lectured in liturgy at The Pontifical Beda College, Rome 2008-2010.

•I served as pastor of three parishes in Rural Kansas:

St. Benedict’s, Bendena 1993 – 1999

St. Charles, Troy 1995 – 1999

St. Joseph’s, Wathena 1995 – 1999