The Catholic University of America

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Monsignor Frederick R. McManus Lecture: "Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Law: Some Canonical and Pastoral Challenges"


4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30

The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Great Room A and B
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Rev. R. Kevin Seasoltz, O.S.B., professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, will give the second annual lecture in honor of Monsignor Frederick R. McManus, who was an expert in Roman Catholic canon law, renowned expert in the post-conciliar reform and renewal of Catholic liturgy, and a Catholic University professor who passed away in 2005.

A leading expert on liturgy and Christian art and architecture, Father Seasoltz will give a lecture titled "Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Law: Some Canonical and Pastoral Challenges."

Father Seasoltz is the author of the books "A Sense of the Sacred: Theological Foundations of Christian Architecture and Art" (Continuum Press, 2005) and "God's Gift Giving: In Christ and Through the Spirit" (Continuum Press, 2007).

Monsignor McManus (1923-2005) initiated a graduate program in liturgical studies at CUA and participated in ecumenical dialogues at both national and international levels. A peritus (expert) at the Second Vatican Council, he offered expert advice for the revision of the liturgy and assisted with the establishment of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact CUA's School of Canon Law at 202-319-5492 or

SPONSOR: School of Canon Law


To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.