Carolyn Pirtle

Carolyn Pirtle is the program director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and a composer of liturgical music. She is the author of Praying the Rosary Together.


  1. "Parks and Recreation": Icon of Community

    Over the past several months, I’ve been rewatching NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation, which is, in my opinion, one of the most quietly wonderful shows ever to be on television. Having seen every episode at least once n...

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  2. Advent Fun and Festivity: St. Lucy's Day

    Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Lucy, a third-century Sicilian girl who pledged her virginity to Christ and endured a martyr’s death when she refused to renounce her faith. Numerous versions of St. Lucy’s martyrd...

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  3. The Word Made Beautiful: The Saint John's Bible

    A few years ago the McGrath Institute for Church Life welcomed Donald Jackson, the visionary calligrapher commissioned by St. John’s University in Collegeville to create a hand-written illuminated Bible using techniques that date b...

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  4. An Invitation to Vespers

    What is Vespers? Why should we pray it? Carolyn Pirtle invites you to rediscover this ancient form of prayer and join us for Vespers on September 21 at 5:15pm in Geddes Hall.
  5. Song of the Sorrowful Mother

    Commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows through Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's stunning musical setting of the ancient sequence, Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

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  6. Accompanying Fellow Disciples

    What does it mean to accompany someone in music, and how can this help us think about what it means to accompany someone on the journey of faith?

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