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Christopher Carstens

Liturgical Institute Faculty

Christopher Carstens holds a B.A. from the Oratory of St. Philip in Toronto, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a M.A. (Liturgical Studies) from The Liturgical Institute. He is currently the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he serves as Coordinator of Pontifical Liturgies, liturgical coordinator for the Permanent Deacon formation program, and diocesan Director of RCIA. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Liturgical Institute and a frequent presenter in liturgical conferences and parish education. He is the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin and is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Chris is married with eight children.

Rev. John Kartje

Rector of Mundelein Seminary and President of The University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Father Kartje has served as Rector of Mundelein Seminary since 2015, after serving as President of its Pontifical Faculty of Theology, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies, and member of the Liturgical Institute’s faculty. He has served as a faculty member of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, and was Director and Chaplain of the Sheil Catholic Student Center at Northwestern University from 2009 to 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, and in 2010 he earned a second doctorate from the Catholic University of America’s Department of Biblical Studies.

Dr. Denis McNamara

Liturgical Institute Faculty

Dr. Denis McNamara is Associate Director and Associate Professor at the Liturgical Institute. He holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.  He makes a specialty of bridging the gap between the Church’s great artistic tradition and the documents of the Second Vatican Council. He has also done groundbreaking research on the sacramental meaning of the classical architectural tradition. He is the author of three books: Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic ChicagoCatholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy and How to Read Churches: A Crash Course In Christian Architecture. He has appeared on Catholic and secular television and radio and is a frequent presenter in academic as well as parish settings. His ten-part YouTube video series on Catholic art and architecture has received over 75,000 views and he is co-host of the podcast on the sacred liturgy called “The Liturgy Guys.” 

Alexis Kutarna

Director of Music at Saint Mary's Seminary in Houston, Texas

Alexis Kazimira Kutarna was born and raised in Canada, and has been involved in church music ever since she was a young child. Ms. Kutarna earned a Master of Arts in Liturgy at The Liturgical Institute, where she wrote her thesis on “The Sacramental Nature of Sacred Music.” Mrs. Kutarna teaches courses on liturgy and liturgical music at the University of St. Thomas and serves as the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas, where she directs the Schola Cantorum.

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