Martin Connell


Associate Professor, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Phone: 320-363-2135
Office: Luke 204

Areas of specialty:

  • Liturgical Studies
  • Worship in the first five centuries (50-450 AD)
  • History and Theology of Rites of Initiation
  • Liturgical Year
  • Worship in American Christianity (Protestant and Catholic)

Classes recently taught:   

  • Christian Worship
  • Bible
  • God and Politics: Country and Campus
  • Initiation
  • History and Sources of Liturgy
  • Liturgical Year
  • Theology of Sacraments and Worship

Recent Publications:


Eternity Today: On the Liturgical Year, Volume 2: Sunday, Lent, The Three Days, The Easter Season, Ordinary Time (New York/London: Continuum, 2007)

Eternity Today: On the Liturgical Year, Volume 1: On God and Time, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas (New York/London: Continuum, 2006).

Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2006 (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2005); Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2005 (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2004).

Church and Worship in Fifth-Century Rome: The Letter of Pope Innocent I to Bishop Decentius of Gubbio, Joint Liturgical Studies #52 (London: Alcuin/GROW, 2002).

Recent Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

"Making Christ of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41): A Hypothesis," Ecclesia Orans 25, volume 3 (2008): 311-333.

"On 'Chrism' and 'Anti-Christs' in 1 John 2:18-27: A Hypothesis," Worship 83 (2009): 212-234.

"The Gift of Smell to a Church that Smells," Studia Liturgica 37 (2008): 217-233.

"On the U.S. Aversion to Ritual Behavior and the Vocation of the Liturgical Theologian," Worship 78 (2004): 386-404.

"'Just as on Easter Sunday': On the Feast of the Presentation," Studia Liturgica 33 (2003): 159-174.

"Attolite Portas, 'Open Up, You Doors!': Liturgical Narrative and Christ's Descent," Worship 76 (2002): 124-143.

Chapters in Edited Books

"Theology of the Entrance Rites (Latin text)," "Theology of the Entrance Rites (English translation)," in Commentary on the Roman Rite, Volume II: Ordo Missae, eds. Edward Foley, Mary Collins, Nathan D. Mitchell, Joanne M. Pierce (Collegeville: Pueblo, 2012): forthcoming.

"The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass," with Sharon McMillan, in A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, eds. Edward Foley, Nathan D. Mitchell, Joanne M. Pierce (Collegeville: Pueblo, 2008): 224-278.

"The Liturgical Year in Ancient Aquileia," in Studia Liturgica Diversa: Essays in Honor of Paul F. Bradshaw, eds. Maxwell E. Johnson and L. Edward Phillips (Portland: Oregon Catholic Press, 2004): 79-96.

Notable activities:

  • Long-distance running
  • Knitting
  • Family and Kids
  • Notable Activities Underway? Juggling and Playing Ukulele

Recent University Service:

  • Rank-and-Tenure Committee
  • Director of student theses and papers toward publication