For the past fifty years, the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy has been an institution committed to responding to the changing needs of the Church. In the summer of 2022, the NDCL will renew its commitment to that mission by launching The Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program (MLLP).
The MLLP is named for Fr. Michael Mathis, C.S.C., a Holy Cross priest whose creation of the University of Notre Dame's liturgical studies program in 1947 paved the way for the NDCL's founding in 1970. It is a non-credited certificate program, aimed at offering a robust formation in various facets of the liturgical life for the sake of renewing parish and diocesan communities at the local level.
This two-year program constitutes a unique opportunity for education and formation centered around a major pastoral issue facing the Church that intersects with the liturgical-sacramental life. The MLLP will be fully funded and scholarships will be provided to all participants.
From 2022 to 2024, a cohort of 21 leaders from across a variety of ministries will focus on fostering a Eucharistic culture in parishes, dioceses, schools, and communities as a way of promoting deeper affiliation with the Church. Over the course of two years, informed by their coursework and working in collaboration with experts, each participant will design and work toward the completion of a project, teaching resource, and/or publication. Mathis Liturgical Leaders will also become ambassadors of the NDCL throughout the United States.
While we are no longer accepting submissions for our inaugural cohort, if you would like to receive updates about the MLLP, please complete the form below.
The Liturgy Certificate program offers exposure to outstanding theological scholarship, in a manner accessible to all.
Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy is an outstanding resource for Catholic school systems seeking to enliven the Catholic character and culture of their schools.
Meet The 2022 Cohort
Carlo Argoti has served the Diocese of San Bernardino since 2008. He studied liturgical music at St. John’s School of Theology Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. He has given presentations on Gregorian chant, Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, and music and liturgy through the dioceses of San Bernardino and Las Vegas and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, both in English and Spanish. He currently serves as director of liturgy and music for The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community in Redlands, California.
Along with his duties at the Diocese of San Bernardino, Mr. Argoti sings in the Diocesan Choir of Orange and coordinates liturgies for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. Mr. Argoti is married to his beautiful wife, Nadia, and they share a home with their seven-year-old mini-pinscher/terrier mix named Maximus (Latin for “The Greatest”).
Fr. Tony Cecil, Jr.
Fr. Tony Cecil is a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville and was ordained in 2019. He is a graduate of Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary at Marian University (B.A., 2015), Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (M.Div., 2019), and, through a partnership with Saint Meinrad, the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm (S.T.B., 2019). He has particular interest in liturgy, faith formation, and ministry to youth and young adults. Currently, he is the Administrator of Saint Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church.
In addition to parish ministry, he is a member of the archdiocesan Eucharist Revival task force, provides sacramental assistance to the Sacred Heart Schools, and is a summer conference catechist for Saint Meinrad’s “One Bread, One Cup” liturgical leadership program for high school youth.
Fr. Lincoln Dall
Fr. Lincoln Dall is originally from Chicago. Prior to being ordained a diocesan priest in 2008, he worked as an accountant and educator. He served as a lay missionary at an inner city soup kitchen in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and in a mission site in a rainforest jungle in Ecuador. He chose to be ordained in the missionary Diocese of Jackson in Mississippi in order to continue to serve in that same missionary spirit. He has served as Vicar General in the diocese since 2019 and also served as pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Pearl, Mississippi. One of his great passions is hiking on the Camino of St. James in Spain.
Bridget de la Peña
Bridget de la Peña has worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator. In addition, she has served as a catechist, choir member, and substitute organist within the diocese.
Bridget holds Illinois teacher and administrative licensure with endorsements in music, language arts, math, and science. She is also certified as a Coordinator of Religious Education through the University of St. Mary of the Lake, and has received training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Bridget graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in the Catholic social tradition. She also earned a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Doctorate of Education in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bob Dunn is the Director of Public Policy for the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, a job that primarily involves advocacy before their 424-member state legislature. He is fortunate that he has been able to spend his entire legal career working in and around the uniquely accessible New Hampshire state government as an Assistant Attorney General in the New Hampshire Department of Justice, Assistant Commissioner on the New Hampshire Department of Safety, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a New Hampshire law firm.
Over the years, he has also been blessed with the opportunity to work in liturgy and RCIA in some great parishes in New Hampshire and in the Archdioceses of Boston and Washington, D.C.
Bob and his wife, Jean, are members of St. Jude Parish in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and are the proud parents of grown sons, with whom they zealously follow Boston sports.
Margaret Felice is a singer, conductor, religious educator, and writer. She is on the religious education and fine arts faculty at Boston College High School, and is an assistant director of the Liturgy Arts Group at Boston College. Margaret’s writing on music and spirituality has been published in the GIA Quarterly, Pastoral Music, Classical Singer Magazine, Church Life Journal, and Classical Music Indy. She wrote the 2019 edition of Loyola Press’s A Book of Grace-Filled Days devotional series and has published three booklets for Twenty-Third Publications’ collection of teen spirituality resources.
As a performer, Margaret has sung with opera and theater companies, choruses, and orchestras around New England and beyond, but her work as a liturgical musician will always be her greatest joy. Originally from South Windsor, Connecticut, she holds degrees from Boston College and The Boston Conservatory. She lives with her husband in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
Facundo Gonzalez Icardi
Facundo Gonzalez Icardi is a passionate educator who strives to share the joy and love of God with his students. He was born and raised in Maldonado, Uruguay, and moved to the United States in 2014 to pursue higher education at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. In 2020, he graduated with his Master’s in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and participated in the McGrath Institute’s Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program.
He currently serves as the Director of Campus Ministry and Student Life at Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis.
Betty-Ann Medeiros Hickey is the associate director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is also the Director of Music at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Covington, Louisiana. In addition to her work in liturgy, she has served as a middle school religion teacher, parish youth minister, and director of religious education.
Betty-Ann’s interest in liturgy began at the age of eight during a class tour of her parish church and she has served in liturgical ministry since she was 15. Her parish priests were her first liturgy teachers, and they introduced her to the rubrics, rituals, signs, and symbols of both liturgy and Azorean Portuguese devotional practices. A first generation American, she speaks English and Portuguese.
Betty-Ann earned a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and an M.A. in Theology with a focus on liturgy and sacraments from Providence College. Her area of greatest interest is the fostering of authentic and fruitful participation in the liturgy. She and her husband, Deacon Dennis, have been married for 21 years and have one son.
Stacey Huneck was born and raised in the greater Fort Wayne, Indiana area. She studied theology at the University of Saint Francis and pursued an M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. Since 2013, she has served youth and young adults in ministry at St. Charles Borromeo parish.
She and her husband, Phil, married in 2014. Stacey joined the Springs in Desert team in 2019 to accompany other women and couples carrying the cross of infertility.
Adrian Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Dillard University, where he earned a degree in Business Management. After many years in the service industry, he received a calling to teach. He returned to his alma mater, Holy Cross, and served as theology teacher, campus minister, and assistant football coach. He served in this capacity for 13 years. During this time, he entered the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. This program consisted of ministry training that combined theological studies with the four pillars of formation, and was commissioned by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
Mr. Jackson continued his studies at NDS and earned a masters degree in Pastoral Leadership. He now serves as the Director of CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He resides in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife, Rachael, and their four children.
Katie Jenkins is the Director of Music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odenton, Maryland and has been part of the pastoral staff for the past eighteen years. In addition to directing music, she coordinates the Cultural Diversity Committee and audiovisual team, assists with the formation of liturgical ministers, and regularly creates a variety of digital media for use at St. Joseph. Katie is an elementary general/ vocal music educator in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where she served as an Arts Integration Specialist for several years.
Katie graduated from the Catholic University of America and studied Music Education and Sacred Music. She most recently completed a Certificate of Catholic Theology in Liturgy from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. She is passionate about the intersection of liturgy, the arts, and culture. Katie, her husband, Chris, and their son, Christopher, live in Severna Park, Maryland.
Fr. Jim Kiesel
Fr. Jim is an ordained presbyter of twenty-six years for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He has had many exciting assignments within the Archdiocese, in the city of Baltimore and in the counties surrounding Baltimore city. He has also had the extraordinary experience of visiting St. Joseph’s sister parish of St. Peter in Haiti and another extraordinary experience when he visited the countries of El Salvador and Guatemala to visit the shrines of the martyrs of those countries.
Fr. Jim is an active member of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, which is a group of priests, religious and archdiocesan, religious women, and lay persons that offers support and a voice on issues that affect our Church and world through dialogue, contemplation, and prophetic action. He is also an active member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), in which he dialogues and studies the documents that come from Rome and the USCCB in order to assist with the implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the revised liturgical books.
Ashley Lenz studied English and theology at the University of Notre Dame before going on to receive her M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education. Her work as a teacher and minister has taken her from the middle school classrooms of Los Angeles to the digital workspace of mobile applications. In her current role at Hallow, Ashley produces content aimed at helping families grow together in faith through guided prayer, Bible stories, and educational resources.
Aimee May earned a bachelors degree in English and Secondary Education from Defiance College, and a masters degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton. She ministered as a member of the pastoral staffs of four different parishes in Cincinnati and Indianapolis over the course of 18 years before taking some time off to stay at home after the birth of her daughter. She is currently serving as the Northern Area Coordinator of Lay Pastoral Ministry for Mount St. Mary’s School of Theology. In this position, she serves as a formation advisor to students who are in the process of earning a certificate in pastoral ministry and teaches a course on evangelization and social media. Aimee and her husband, Tony, are parents to their six year old daughter, Maria.
Fr. Samuel Mwangi Mungai, GHM
Fr. Samuel Mungai was born in a small village in Londiani, a town four hours northwest of Nairobi, Kenya. He has seven siblings; he and his twin sister were the last born. He went to a minor seminary for his high school diploma, and it was here that he considered joining the priesthood. In 2013, he began discerning with Glenmary Home Missioners. He moved to the United States in August, 2015, where he studied at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for four years. He graduated with an M.Div., and was ordained a priest in March of 2021. He was appointed to be an associate pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Williamston, North Carolina and then was transferred to Holy Family Catholic Church in Lafayette, Tennessee, also as associate pastor.
Joel Musser is the Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) at Immaculate Conception Church and Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina. Joel is a Master Catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh, and a Certified CGS Catechist for Levels 1-3 (pre-K to Grade 6). He is also on the editorial team of the Journal of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (U.S.A.). Joel holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke Divinity School, an M.A. in philosophy from LSU, and a B.A. in English from Grove City College.
He enjoys hiking, cooking, and building Legos™.
Dr. Thomas Octave is the Director of Sacred Music for the Diocese of Greensburg and an Associate Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at Saint Vincent College. He is the artistic director and conductor of the Westmoreland Choral Society. In addition, he is a practicing spiritual director and is a music minister at Christ the King Parish in Pittsburgh.
Ian Rangel currently serves as the Director of Development at the Diocese of Orange. In this role, he oversees various fundraising initiatives for the diocese and its 62 parishes. Ian has worked in Catholic philanthropy since 2016, and finds meaning each day in raising money to support the mission of the Church: creating disciples of Christ. Prior to his career in non-profit development, Ian worked in account management for a healthcare consultancy in South Bend, Indiana. He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in Management from Texas A&M University.
Ian lives in Orange County, California with his wife, Caitlin, their three children and their dog, Honey. In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his family and mountain biking the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.
Vincent J. Reilly is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Orange Park, Florida and an instructor in the Ministry Formation Program for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Vincent has a passion for proclaiming the kerygma and making complex teachings of the Catholic faith more understandable and relatable. During his time at St. Catherine, he has developed a comprehensive kerygmatic catechesis process including a retreat, youth and adult formation programs, parish neighborhood communities, and sacramental preparation programs for the parish. In 2019, he received the Sr. Marie Celinie Joubert Catechetical Award for excellence in forming the faithful from the Diocese of St. Augustine. He has an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Theology from the Catholic University of America.
He has been married for 14 years and lives in Orange Park.
Andrea (Andie) Tong serves as a lay missionary with Con-solatio, a community with a charism of compassion and ministry of presence. Her life as a missionary began in South India, where she lived in a neighborhood in solidarity with people experiencing social exclusion. She continues her mission with the Con-solatio community in Brooklyn, New York. Andie also works in development and communications at the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), a Catholic think tank devoted to safeguarding the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, and newcomers.
In 2019, Andie received her B.S. in Environmental Earth Science from the University of Notre Dame. During her time as a student, she learned to apply analytical thinking to Catholic Social Teaching and relationship building in the broader community.
As a native Texan, Andie enjoys tacos and crawfish boils with her spirited Filipino family.
Fr. Justin Ward
Ordained a priest in 2019, Fr. Ward serves as Episcopal Master of Ceremonies and Vicar for Sacred Liturgy in the Diocese of Birmingham. He holds a B.M. and an M.Mus. from Samford University; a B.Phil. and an M.Div. from the Pontifical College Josephinum; an M.A.L.S. and an S.T.L. from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Liturgical Institute). His thesis is entitled, Spiritual Paternity: Priestly and Familial Fatherhood in the Theology of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
He is currently completing an S.T.D. in Sacramental Theology from the Liturgical Institute.
Certificate of Catholic Theology in Liturgy
The certificate of Catholic Theology in Liturgy is designed for parish ministers, Catholic educators, and volunteers. This program of study prepares students to integrate the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church in every area of Catholic education.
The certificate includes courses in core liturgical areas: Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharist, the Sacraments, Liturgical Year, Liturgical Music, and Liturgical Theology. It concludes with a final project in the area of liturgical catechesis or music.
National Liturgical and Sacramental Workshops
Faculty and staff from the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy are available for liturgical and sacramental formation in dioceses and schools. Possible workshops, missions, and retreat days include the following:
A Theology of Liturgical Music
The Eucharist and the Catholic School
Liturgical Formation and the Arts
The Liturgical Formation of the Domestic Church
Celebrating the Season of Advent
Mystagogy through the Liturgical Year
The Spiritual Formation of Liturgical Ministers
The Scriptures and the Liturgy
The Sacramental Nature of Marriage
Please contact us for more information about these workshops.