In Their Own Words
Catherine Vincie, RHSM (M.Div. ‘83)
Currently I am Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. I must say that my experience at Yale and at the Institute of Sacred Music directly influenced my decision to seek a doctorate and take up work as a liturgical theologian. The support I received from faculty and students at the Institute was very instrumental in helping me to discern my subsequent vocation. The interdisciplinary approach of the Institute also has been a reflection of my life as I continue to work as a church musician (organist/pianist) even as my main work is that of theologian. At the same time the Institute approach has influenced the way I do theology—that is, taking into account the wider context of the historical, social, and artistic context of the liturgy. I also found studying with students of different Christian faith communities challenging and extremely stimulating. I gained much by the ecumenical character of the Institute and the Divinity School. Perhaps my most treasured memories of the Institute were the liturgical re-enactments we did in Jeffery Rowthorn’s history of liturgy classes.
A significant experience of satisfaction in my career path has been my recent role as Vice President and President of the North American Academy of Liturgy in 2011-12. It was an honor to serve the liturgical community in that way, and it was a privilege to work with the Academy committee in steering the Academy into the future.