Professor O’Loughlin, born in Dublin, is a priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton on England’s south coast. He is a specialist in the early Church and the early medieval period, but his work is not dry Church history. Rather he draws on the experience of Christian living and believing in the past to understand what is important for Christians today to make sense of their faith. Liturgy and sacraments is a key focus of his work.
Tom sees one of his key tasks as communication – taking the fruit of academic research and communicating its insights to a wider public. His visit to Brisbane will bring us the best of liturgical scholarship and make it accessible to everyone. So, for example, one of his recent publications is an easy-to-read 100-page book The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy: Why Good Liturgy Matters. But he is also well-known for more serious works such as The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understandings and Making the Most of the Lectionary: A User’s Guide.
WHO CELEBRATES THE LITURGY?
Tom O’Loughlin’s work in Brisbane will focus on this simple question. It will help explore the meaning of the Vatican II liturgical principle of full, conscious, active participation in the liturgy by the whole assembled people of God. What is the role of the priest in the liturgy? How should we celebrate Sunday Mass? His presentations will help us rethink ministry and Christian life for the present age.