Monsignor Kevin Irwin
Very Rev. David M.
O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has appointed Monsignor
Kevin W. Irwin dean of the
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1971, Monsignor Irwin joined the theology faculty at CUA in 1985. He received tenure three years later and was appointed ordinary (full) professor in 1993. The author of 14 books and more than 50 scholarly articles, Monsignor Irwin was named to the Walter J. Schmitz Chair in Liturgical Studies at CUA in 2001.
“I see in Monsignor Irwin the
kind of fidelity to the Church and commitment to theological scholarship that
will serve as a model for our
students at CUA,” Father O’Connell said. “His willingness to serve as dean of
Monsignor Irwin has directed CUA’s Liturgical Studies program from 1991 to 1994 and from 1999 to the present. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from St. Joseph’s Seminary, a master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in sacred theology from the theological faculty of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. He was named a monsignor with the rank Prelate of Honor in December 1999.
He has served on the faculties of
the North American College in
“I very much look
forward to collaborating with the fine group of scholars on the faculty of the
Monsignor Irwin’s publications include the books "Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality," "Liturgical Theology: A Primer" and "Advent-Christmas, Lent and Easter: A Guide to Eucharist and Hours.” His latest book, “Models of the Eucharist,” published by Paulist Press in summer 2005, sketches 10 ways of looking at and understanding the Eucharist, following the approach taken by former CUA faculty member Cardinal Avery Dulles in his book “Models of the Church.”
In addition to his
teaching and scholarship, Monsignor Irwin is a frequent presenter at clergy
convocations, diocesan leadership meetings and numerous other religious or
theological gatherings throughout the
“One of the challenges which the Church in
any age faces,” Monsignor Irwin said, “is to give shape and voice to our
Catholic heritage in ever changing and challenging circumstances. One of the
major contributions which the
lengthy process of formal
MEDIA: For more information about Monsignor Irwin or the CUA School of Theology and
Religious Studies, contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.
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