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The Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture Series

The School of Canon Law hosts an annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture. This lecture series is supported through the generosity of family and friends of Msgr. McManus. Contributions can be made to the McManus Memorial Fund, School of Canon Law. For more information, please call the School of Canon Law, 202-319-5492, or e-mail


  Thursday, October 30, 2014;
4:00 PM
Caldwell Auditorium

Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Topic: Church Architecture since Vatican II



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Biographical Note:

Monsignor Frederick R. McManus, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston and professor emeritus of The Catholic University of America, died on Nov. 27, 2005, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 82, of heart failure. Monsignor McManus began his undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts before attending St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he received a B.A. in 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston that same year. Monsignor McManus continued his studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, where he received a J.C.B. in 1952, a J.C.L. in 1953 and a J.C.D. in 1954.

From 1954 to 1957 Monsignor McManus served as a professor of canon law and moral theology at St. John’s Seminary. He joined the faculty at Catholic University in 1958 and filled many roles at the university during his tenure. He served as dean of the School of Canon Law from 1967 to 1973, as vice provost and dean of graduate studies from 1974 to 1983, and as academic vice president from 1983 to 1985. Monsignor McManus retired in 1993 but continued to teach until 1997 as a professor emeritus.
Monsignor McManus was a distinguished canonist and a major expert in the postconciliar reform and renewal of the Roman Catholic liturgy. He initiated a graduate program in liturgical studies and participated in ecumenical dialogues at both national and international levels. A peritus at the Second Vatican Council, he was actively involved in the postconciliar implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, and assisted with the establishment of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Monsignor McManus received numerous awards from universities, professional societies, commissions and associations that recognized his unique and scholarly contributions to the liturgical prayer of the Church.



Previous McManus Lectures

The Seventh Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture - November 7, 2013
Speaker: Rev. Msgr. Alan F. Detscher, S.L.D.  Monsignor has held both Diocesan and National Offices.
"Liturgy and Ecumenism: One of the First Fruits of he Second Vatican Council"

The Sixth Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture - October 25, 2012
Speaker: Rev. Thomas Kroskicki, S.V.D. Past Director of the Secretariat of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy.
"Crowned with Praise and Glory: An Approach to Liturgical Christology"

The Fifth Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture - November 3, 2011
Speaker: Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., F.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Oriental Liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome.
"In Dialogue with Fred McManus: Catholic Liturgy and the Christian East at Vatican II--Nostalgia for Orthodoxy?

The Fourth Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture - October 28, 2010

Speaker: Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J., Professor, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry 
"Is The Liturgy Hitting Its Target"

The Third Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture - October 22, 2009

Speaker: The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Erie, PA
"The Language of the New Missal in light of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy"

The Second Annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Rev. R. Kevin Seasoltz, O.S.B., S.T.L., J.C.D.
"Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Law: Some Canonical and Pastoral Challenges"

The Inaugural Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Godfried Cardinal Danneels, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel
"Liturgy, Forty Years after Vatican II"