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     July 25, 2005

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Monsignor Kevin Irwin Available to Discuss Church’s Year of the Eucharist

Irwin’s new book, ‘Models of the Eucharist’ Reflects on the Sacrament’s Place in Christian Life


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monsignor Kevin Irwin, the Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America, is available for interviews about the meaning of the Eucharist to modern Catholics for stories looking back on the year Pope John Paul II dedicated to “The Eucharist — Source and Summit of the Church’s Life,” which concludes in October 2005.


Irwin’s latest book, “Models of the Eucharist,” published this month by Paulist Press, explores in a clear manner how the liturgy of the Eucharist contains a wealth of theology and spirituality about the Eucharist itself and the way it shapes Catholics’ view of the Christian life. 


Irwin has been delivering lectures around the country about the book, which reflects on “the jewel in the crown of Catholicism” — the celebration of the Eucharist. In it, Irwin articulates what today’s Catholics believe based on their words and actions during celebration of the Mass. The book also examines what the central act of worship means in terms of Catholic belief and living the Christian life.


“The book delves into issues about the Eucharist that face Catholics today, some 40 years after the truly historical revisions that took place in the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council,” Irwin says.


Irwin is a priest of the archdiocese of New York, and holds an S.T.D. degree from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San Anselmo, Rome. In addition to holding the Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, he is the director of the liturgical studies program at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of several books on liturgy and sacraments and is a frequent commentator for the news media. 


MEDIA: For more information or to arrange an interview with Monsignor Irwin, contact Katie Lee in CUA’s Office of Public Affairs by calling 202-319-5600 or e-mailing cua-public-affairs@cua.edu.






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