Rev. Prof. Liam Tracey

Professor of Liturgy and Postgraduate Studies


An ordained presbyter of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (OSM). Undergraduate studies in Dublin and Rome. Postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. After working in a parish for a number of years after ordination, I returned to Rome and graduate studies in liturgy, culminating in a Doctorate. I have taught and lectured in many parts of Ireland and Australia, Ghana, Italy, UK, and the USA. Appointed Director of Post-Graduate Studies at the Pontifical University at Maynooth in 2009 and again in 2012.

Member: Societas Liturgica, Irish Biblical Association, Dublin Diocesan Liturgy Commission (omit), Irish Council for Liturgy, Review Editor of the Irish Theological Quarterly.

Research Interests:

Method in the study of Liturgical actions

Liturgy in Early Christian Ireland

The role of liturgy in the Jewish Christian Encounter

Select Publications:

Several articles in Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn, eds., A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

“‘Ardens sed Virens – Burning but Flourishing.’ Open to the Spirit of Christ who rejuvenates the Church,” in Brendan Mc Convery (editor), Living in Union with Christ in Today’s World. The Witness of John Calvin & Ignatius Loyola (Dublin: Veritas, 2011) 127-142.

‘The Affirmation of Jewish Covenantal Vitality and the Church’s Liturgical Life,’ in Philip A. Cunningham et al (editors), Christ Jesus and the Jewish People Today. New Explorations of theological Interrelationships (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011) 268-86. (Translated into Italian 2012).


‘Word and Sacrament,’ in Juliette Day – Ben Gordon Taylor, The Alcuin Guide to the Study of Liturgy and Worship (London: SPCK, 2013).

When the reform becomes prayer: The strange case of 1 January (Dublin 2014).

The Impact of Nostra Aetate on Roman Catholic Worship (Eugene, OR: 2014).

Regular Book Reviews for The Irish Theological Quarterly

Book Proposal Reviewer for Bloomsbury/Continuum

Current Research:

The construction of liturgical theology

The presence of Orthodox communities in Ireland

Conciliar appropriation of liturgical reform


Introduction to Liturgy

Sacraments of Christian Initiation

The Christian Sacraments

Liturgy and Time

Historical Theology

Preaching and Presiding at the Rites

Foundations of Worship

Liturgy, Sacraments and Pastoral Care

Issues in Liturgical Theology

The Celebration of the Eucharist in Early Christianity

Sources and History of the Roman Liturgy

Links and Other Interests