From the Back Cover
A Pastoral Ministry Series
This book is an introduction to the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the Church’s liturgy and her sacraments. It is intended particularly for those who have not had the opportunity to engage in a formal, systematic program of theological study and reflection. This book provides many facts about the Church’s ritual celebrations. More important than presenting facts, however, this book tries to help readers better understand how the Church thinks about her sacraments—and why.
—From the introduction
About the Author
Rev. Kurt Stasiak, O.S.B., is a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana. He is associate professor sacramental-liturgical theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and serves as the seminary's director of spiritual formation. Fr. Kurt received his S. T. D. from the Pontifical University of Saint Anselm, Rome, in 1993. In addition to his work in priesly formation and education, he is interested in the theological education of permanent deacons. His publications include two books: Return to Grace--A Theology for Infant Baptism, published by Liturgical Press, and A Confessor's Handbook, published by Paulist Press.