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CUA Experts Available to Discuss Lenten Season

The following experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss Lent and other liturgical traditions leading up to and including Easter Sunday. For assistance in reaching experts, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines at 202-319-5600 or

  • LENTEN TRADITIONS — Rev. Mark M. Morozowich, dean of theology and religious studies, is available to comment on the Catholic Church’s liturgical traditions during the Lenten 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 Catholic University course on the historical study of the liturgical year and its traditions. He is the author, among many other writings, of the book “Holy Thursday in Jerusalem and Constantinople: Liturgical Celebrations from the Fourth to the Fourteenth Centuries” and the article “A Palm Sunday Procession in the Byzantine Tradition? A Study of the Hagiopolite and Constantinopolitan Evidence.”

    To arrange an interview with Father Morozowich, contact the public affairs office.
  • BIBLICAL REFERENCES — Ian Boxall, associate professor of the New Testament, is available to comment on the biblical stories of Christ’s Temptation in the Desert and the Passion. His latest book, Discovering Matthew: Content, Interpretation, Reception, will be published in March.

    Contact Boxall at
  • MEANING OF LENT — Monsignor Kevin Irwin, the Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S.S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, is the author of 14 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.”

    Contact Monsignor Irwin at
  • BIBLICAL THEOLOGY — Robert Miller, is a secular Franciscan, associate professor of Old Testament, biblical studies area director, and an expert in biblical theology, the Psalms, the book of Genesis, and the history of ancient Israel.

    Contact Miller at 202-319-6702 or
  • ECCLESIOLOGY AND ECUMENISM — Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology, is an expert on ecclesiology, the Catholic Church’s role in public life, and ecumenism. He has served as adviser-consultant to several departments of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Contact Ruddy at 202-319-6506 or

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