Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program welcomes its first cohort to Notre-Dame | News | Department of Theology


Notre Dame, IN — The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame begins a week of on-campus programming with the first Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program (MLLP) cohort. This two-year program is a unique opportunity for education and formation around a major pastoral issue of the Church that intersects with liturgical-sacramental life.

“The Catholic Church in the United States is currently at a crossroads,” said Timothy O’Malley, academic director of the Center Notre-Dame de Liturgie (NDCL). “There is the problem of disaffiliation, distrust of church institutions, and (at least among many others) polarization that can tear the church apart. We believe that liturgical formation – like the Pope Francis recently mentioned it in his apostolic letter Desiderio desideavi—works like a healing balm. We want to form Catholic leaders who seek not only to deal with liturgical rites, but to create a liturgical culture based on the mystery of the love of Christ.

Twenty-one participants have been selected for the 2022 cohort across the United States. Participants include priests, parish directors, educators, lay ministers and other professionals working on behalf of their church communities.

From 2022 to 2024, this cohort will focus on fostering a Eucharistic culture in parishes, schools, and dioceses as a way to promote deeper affiliation with the Church. During these two years, informed by their courses and working in collaboration with experts, each participant will design and work towards the realization of a project, an educational resource and/or a publication. Mathis Liturgical Leaders will also become NDCL Ambassadors across the United States. The MLLP is fully funded and scholarships are offered to all participants.

According to O’Malley, “The real genius of our approach is to invite those who are already exercising leadership in the United States to join us for two years of conversation and planning for the future of liturgical formation in the Church. The cohort includes liturgists, people in chancery leadership, Catholic educators, people involved in social ministries, youth ministers, and people involved in technology and urban planning. I believe we return to the fundamental idea that inspired the liturgical movement to begin with, a chance to let one’s life become a liturgical offering.

The twenty-one members of the inaugural MLLP cohort are:

  • Carlo Argoti, director of liturgy and music at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community in Redlands, California
  • Prof. Tony Cecil, Jr., Associate Pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church and Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Prof. Lincoln Dall, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi
  • Bridget de la Peña, regional director of the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois
  • Bob Dunn, Director of Public Policy for the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Margaret Felice, faculty of religion and fine arts at Boston College High School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Facundo Gonzalez Icardi, director of campus ministry and student life at Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Betty-Ann Hickey, Associate Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Stacey Huneck, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator and Infertility Ministry Team Member at St. Charles Borromeo & Springs in Desert Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Adrian Jackson, director of CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Katie Jenkins, director of music at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Odenton, Maryland
  • Prof. Jim Kiesel, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odenton, Maryland
  • Ashley Lenz, children’s content manager at Hallow in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois
  • Aimee May, northern region coordinator for lay church training at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Prof. Samuel Mwangi Mungai, GHM, Associate Pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lafayette, Tennessee
  • Joel Musser, director of Good Shepherd Education at Immaculate Conception Church and Immaculata High School in Durham, North Carolina
  • Thomas Octave, director of sacred music in the Diocese of Greensburg and associate professor at Saint Vincent College in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
  • Ian Rangel, Director of Development for the Diocese of Orange in Rancho Santa Margarita, California
  • Vincent Reilly, director of faith formation at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida
  • Andie Tong, Lay Missionary at Con-solatio in Brooklyn, New York
  • Prof. Justin Ward, Vicar for Sacred Liturgy in the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama

To learn more about the Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program and this year’s cohort, visit

Contact: Maggie Scroope, communications program director, McGrath Institute for Church Life, 574-631-0153, [email protected].

Originally posted by Anna Bradley at on July 11, 2022.


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