A Life in Liturgy

A Life In Liturgy: Rediscovering the Mass

A Pioneer Liturgist Tells of the Success, Problems, and Challenges of the Liturgical Renewal

Rev. Joseph T. Nolan


Father Joseph T. Nolan, who has taught theology for many years at Boston College, had an unusual preparation for the priesthood: a special agent of the FBI, and service as a naval officer in World War II. He tells of his early interest in liturgy as a layman; he moved to the Midwest because it was more open to liturgical reform. He describes his life in Kansas (the Wichita diocese), followed by studies at Harvard, and then teaching, lecturing, and writing on liturgy and preaching (ever since, and everywhere). For thirty-one years, he was the founder and editor of the homily service Good News. He has published three previous books: The World, the Church, and Preaching; They Shall Be Comforted: for Those Who Grieve and Hope; and Let the Earth Rejoice, a collection of his poetry, including many Prefaces used in worship. The greater part of this book presents an updated liturgical theology and creative proposals for renewing the liturgy.


"Part memoir, part history, part creative suggestion, Fr. Joseph Nolan’s A Life in Liturgy: Rediscovering the Mass is an eminently readable narrative on the meaning of Catholic sacramentalism. He speaks from experience as a pastor, theologian, editor, preacher, and poet. His suggested reforms could renew parish liturgy. The book is a mine of wisdom and common sense."

George Dennis O’Brien
author of Finding the Voice of the Church

Purchasing Information:

Please send a check for $15 plus $2 shipping and handling (for each book ordered) with your book request to:

Rev. Joseph T. Nolan
Theology Dept.
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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