DT Podcast Episode 21 – John Baldovin, SJ

Fr. John Baldovin, SJ (L) with Mike Avery
Fr. John Baldovin, SJ (L) with Mike Avery
Season 2 shifts to Boston as episode 21 features Mike Avery’s conversation with John Baldovin, S.J. As a former student, Avery reminiscences about his time at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and particularly with Fr. Baldovin’s class on the Eucharist. The conversation takes several turns from Pope Francis’ focus on marriage and family to Post Vatican II liturgical reform. Along the way, Fr. Baldovin ultimately shares his love for all liturgical seasons and even reveals a hidden passion for architecture.

John F. Baldovin, S.J., is professor of historical and liturgical theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Baldovin has taught at Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and, since 1999 at Weston and now Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He has also been visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB as well as the advisory committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994 to 2002. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) as well as the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He received the Berakah Award for distinguished achievement from the NAAL in 2007. He is also past-president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy. Baldovin has published on liturgy widely in journals including Worship, Theological Studies, America, and Commonweal. His writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Albanian. He has a number of presentations with Now You Know Media, the latest of which, “Lent, Holy Week and Easter,” has recently been released. His books include The Urban Character of Christian Worship: The Origins, Development and Meaning of Stational Liturgy (Orientalia Christiana analecta 228, Rome, Pontifical Oriental Institute Press, 1987, Reprinted, 2002), Liturgy in Ancient Jerusalem (Alcuin/GROW Studies in Worship, Bramcote, Nottingham: Grove Books, 1989), Worship: City, Church and Renewal (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1991), Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation: Understanding the Mass (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008). He has also co-edited Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011) and (with David Farina Turnbloom) Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings (New York: Paulist Press, 2015). Fr. Baldovin, along with Mike Avery, helped found the journal Lumen et Vita, the graduate academic journal of the BC School of Theology and Ministry.

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