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Mary E. McGann
Adjunct Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies

Mary McGann, R.S.C.J., joined the JST faculty as Adjunct Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies in the Spring of 2015, after teaching at the Franciscan School of Theology (formerly of the GTU) from 1996-2014. She is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, where she served as Chair of the Department of Religion and Practice from 2014-2018. Dr. McGann's current research  focuses on global ecological challenges, especially those to fresh water and food, and how these challenges intersect Christian sacramental practices of Baptism and Eucharist. She is author of four books, several book chapters and articles. Her most recent book, The Meal That Reconnects: Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis, was awarded first place in the category of Catholic Social Teaching from the Catholic Media Association in June, 2021.

Dr. McGann holds degrees in liturgical studies and music/ethnomusicology, and has done ethnographic research into music performance in African American Catholic worship. She has participated in the University of Santa Clara’s “Sustainability across the curriculum” program as well as the Ignatian Pedagogy for Sustainability initiative across several Jesuit Universities. She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (where she initiated the Ecology and Liturgy Seminar), Societas Liturgica, and the American Academy of Religion.

In Spring, 2021, Dr. McGann was awarded the Graduate Theological Union’s “Excellence in Teaching” award. Her current courses include ecology and liturgy, liturgical leadership and lay presiding, inculturation and liturgy, liturgical methods, and a recent course in Spirituality of the Earth.

Professor McGann can supervise theses and dissertations written in the following language(s):


LSSP 4364: Women, Spirituality, and Worship (Spring 2015)
LSST 4181: Inculturation and Liturgy (Spring 2015)
LSST 4015: Ecology and Liturgy (Fall 2015)
FTLS 3216: Liturgical Preparation and Lay Presiding (Spring 2016)

  • The Meal That Reconnects: Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2020.
  • Let It Shine! The Emergence of African American Catholic Liturgy. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008 (with contributions from Eva Marie Lumas, S.S.S. and Ronald D. Harbor).
  • A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African American Catholic Community. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Exploring Music as Worship and Theology: Research in Liturgical Practice. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002.
Book Chapters, Articles
  • “Eucharist: Longing for the Bread of Justice.” God in the Natural World: Theological Explorations in Appreciation of Denis Edwards, Ted Peters and Marie Turner, eds. Brompton, SA (Australia): ATF Press, 2020.
  • “Troubled Waters, Troubling Initiation Rites.” Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation, Teresa Berger, ed. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2019.
  • "Committed to Earth"s Waters For Life: Baptism in a Time of Global Water Crisis." Drenched in Grace, Lizette Larson Miller and Walt Knowles, eds. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2013.
  • "Making Vital Connections: Developing Creational Consciousness in Life and Worship." Liturgy (Spring, 2012).
  • "Liturgical-Musical Ethnography: Challenges and Promise," Jaarboek vor Liturgie-Onderzoek, Tillburg, Netherlands, Deel 26, 2010.
  • "Teaching Rites Ritually," in Teaching Ritual, Catherine Bell, ed. AAR"s Teaching Theology series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • "Timely Wisdom, Prophetic Challenge: Rediscovering Clarence R.J. Rivers" Vision of Effective Worship," Worship 76:1 (January, 2002) 2-24.
  • "The Emergence of African American Catholic Worship," co-authored with Eva Marie Lumas, U.S. Catholic Historian, 2:10 (Spring, 2001) 27-65.
  • "Hymn and Anaphora in Early Christian Liturgy," Ecclesia Orans, 17:3 (2000) 407-443.
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