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Department of

Theology and Religious Studies

Dennis Krouse, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Dennis W. Krouse, S.T.D., has been a member of the faculty since 1974. He  specializes in the areas of liturgical studies and sacramental theology.


S.T.D. magna cum laude, Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, Ateneo S. Anselmo in Urbe, Rome, Italy; Liturgical Theology
M.A., University of Notre Dame, Liturgical Research


Scholarly and Creative Work

Krouse has a special interest in how ritual and symbolization are experienced and function in modern western societies and cultures. Another of his specialized interests is in liturgical art and environment. He has functioned as a liturgical consultant/educational coordinator for the building or renovation of more than fifty churches. His publications on a variety of liturgical and sacramental subjects are to be found in journals and reference works such as Worship, The New Catholic Encyclopedia, The Chicago Catechumenate, Hosanna: A Journal of Pastoral Liturgy, Liturgy 90, and An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies. He has keynoted numerous liturgical and pastoral conferences across the country. He has been an Advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and a researcher/author for several of its documents.  He has served as a member of the national board of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and chaired two of its standing committees. He is active in the North American Academy of Liturgy. Most recently he presented a paper, "Back to Basics: A Biblical-Liturgical Model for Spiritual Transformation," at the International Sources of Transformation Conference: Revitalising Traditions of Christian Spirituality for Today, at St.Mary's University College, Twickenham (London), United Kingdom.   

Teaching Interests

Currently Krouse regularly teaches Introduction to Catholic Theology, Christian Worship, Christian Sacramental Practice and Christian Marriage. He taught for twelve summers in the Graduate Program in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Courses included Pro-Seminar in Liturgical Methodology, Introduction to Liturgical Studies, Liturgical History, Eucharist, and Liturgical Year.