Notre Dame’s Rev. Michael S. Driscoll to deliver Hesburgh Lecture Jan. 17

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 1:30pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Rev. Michael S. Driscoll, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 2013 Hesburgh lecture in conjunction with Spring Hill College and Christus Theological Institute. The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in Byrne Memorial Hall.

“Music as Mystagogy: Catechizing through the Sacred Arts” will examine the role of music, as well as the other sacred arts, in forming our Christian beliefs.

“Take heed that what you sing with your mouths, you believe in your hearts, and what you believe with your hearts, you show forth in your works.” These words from the fourth century Council of Carthage remind us to pay attention to what we sing, since singing hymns and psalms will influence, for good or bad, what we believe. How do the liturgical arts impart that deep-felt knowledge of head and heart and faith, the knowledge that nurtures whole human persons and inspires a knowing from the inside out?

Driscoll is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Helena in Montana and associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, as well as the founding director of the master’s program in sacred music (MSM). His scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology, with a special focus on the medieval Carolingian period. He has published extensively in journals such as “Worship,” “Ecclesia Orans” and “Traditio” and served as president (2002-03) of the North American Academy of Liturgy. He is the president of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy (2012-13) and has also served the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a liturgical advisor.

Housed at Spring Hill College, Christus Theological Institute is a grassroots consortium of Mobile Bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.

The event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Club, is free and open to the public. For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, contact the Theology Department at (251) 380-4458 or