Lawrence  J. Madden

Jesuit Father †Lawrence J. Madden (1933–2011) was the founder of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy in Washington, D.C.

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Jesuit Father †Lawrence J. Madden (1933–2011) was the founder of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy in Washington, D.C., and had been its director since it began in 1981. He had served as director of campus ministry and as a member of the theological faculty at Georgetown University. He was an adjunct professor of pastoral theology at the Washington Theological Union and the Catholic University of America, and served as an advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy.

A frequent speaker at conferences and parish programs, he wrote numerous articles and edited and co-authored several books on liturgy and American spirituality, including The Joseph Campbell Phenonmenon and Celebrating Marriage.

He served as pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church from 1993 to 2000 and, within the Society of Jesus, served as religious superior for three communities. Father Madden was a member of the Studies in Jesuit Spirituality Seminar and the North American Academy of Liturgy, on whose governing committee he served. He earned a doctorate in theology and a diploma in liturgy from the University of Trier, in Germany.