Educational Outreach

The Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program

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 10–15 church leaders from across a variety of ministries will focus on fostering a Eucharistic culture in parishes, schools, and dioceses 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.


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.


The Liturgy Certificate program offers exposure to outstanding theological scholarship, in a manner accessible to all.

Suzanne Stratford, Liturgy Certificate graduate

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.

Melanie M. Morey, Archdiocese of San Francisco