Timothy O'Malley

Timothy P. O’Malley is the Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, where he also serves as Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He teaches and researches at Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacrmental theology, catechesis, and aesthetics. He is the author of numerous articles and books, most recently, the forthcoming Divine Blessing: Liturgical Formation in the RCIA.


  1. Can Liturgy Heal a Secular Age?

    Timothy P. O'Malley on how liturgy can be healing of a secular age. But only if we understand secularity and ritual well.


  2. Can We Get Lent Wrong?

    Timothy P. O'Malley on the various ways that we can get Lent wrong. And how we should approach this season of grace as time to desire God aright.

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  3. New Orleans and the Catholic Imagination

    Today is Mardi Gras. Timothy P. O'Malley treats the celebration of Mardi Gras as a way of understanding how to keep Holy Lent. Not with sadness but with hope.


  4. Editorial Musings: Does the Church Need the Arts?

    Church Life takes up this week a key question: Does the Church need the arts? Do the arts need the Church? How might we rebuild a marriage that is necessary for the New Evangelization?

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  5. Why Chant is Good for Children

    My three year old son is a regular Mass-goer. Aware of his very short attention span, we make sure to sit in the front each and every Sunday. He loves when there is singing, especially chant. He loves elaborate processions. He loves ince...


  6. Awaiting Pentecost

    Most Catholics are at least vaguely aware that the Easter Vigil is a high point of the liturgical year. Yet, the Vigil of Pentecost rarely gets the same attention, despite having its own set of extended readings. If we read these texts f...

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