The Catholic University of America

Nov. 28, 2006

CUA Experts Available to Discuss Season of Advent

Experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christmas cycle and a new liturgical year. Advent comes from the Latin word for "an arrival," reminding the world that the Lord is coming. For help in reaching sources, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.

MEANING OF ADVENT - Monsignor Kevin Irwin, S.T.D., dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz Professor of Liturgy Studies, is the author of 12 books on liturgy and sacraments. His writings include "Advent-Christmas, Lent and Easter: A Guide to Eucharist and Hours," "Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality," "Liturgical Theology: A Primer" and "Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology."

Monsignor Irwin can be reached at 202-319-6505 or by e-mail:

READINGS OF ADVENT - Rev. Francis T. Gignac, S.J., professor of theology and religious studies, has been a longtime commentator on the readings of Advent for the Catholic press. Father Gignac is the author of "An Introductory New Testament Greek Course: A Grammar of the Greek Papyri of the Roman and Byzantine Periods." He has had articles published in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Coptic Encyclopaedia and the Oxford Companion to the Bible.

Father Gignac can be reached by e-mail:

ADVENT TRADITIONS - Rev. Mark M. Morozowich, assistant professor of liturgy, is available to comment on the Catholic Church's liturgical traditions during the Advent season, in particular from the perspective of its different rites (e.g. Byzantine, Maronite). Also an expert on the Latin rite, he has taught a CUA course on the historical study of the liturgical year and its traditions. He is the author of the soon-to-be published "Holy Thursday in the Jerusalem and Constantinopolitan Traditions: Liturgical Celebrations from the 4th to the 14th Centuries."

Father Morozowich can be reached at 202-319-6512 or by e-mail:


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,