Timothy O'Malley

McGrath Institute for Church Life

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Notre Dame, IN 46556-4633
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Director of Education; Academic Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy; Editor, Church Life Journal

  • Catholic Church 
  • Catholic liturgy and sacraments
  • Catholic spirituality and formation
  • Catholic doctrine on marriage and family 
  • Catholic identity in educational institutions
  • St. Augustine 

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What are God’s pronouns? How the church today is (or isn’t) gendering God

Tim O’Malley, academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy, noted that Catholic liturgies don’t often rely on pronouns for God — though they are masculine, when present — and they frequently implement the trinitarian language of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Opening the Word: Jesus, the king

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: A serious end

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Draft of U.S. Catholic bishops’ Communion document doesn’t mention Biden or abortion

For Timothy O’Malley, academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, the national controversy about Biden and Communion distracted from the fact that U.S. bishops had been working before his election on a plan to renew the Eucharist.

Opening the Word: Giving all

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

U.S. Church strengthening support for marriage

Timothy O’Malley, director of education at the University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life who researches and teaches in the areas of marriage and family, explained that he believes society might be reaching a point of stasis in how far marriage will decline in the U.S.

Opening the Word: The final misunderstanding

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Give it up

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Whoever gives

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Jealousy and ambition: The root of sin

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

The Power of the Latin Mass

Some of the distinctive features of the Latin Mass can be applied to the new Mass, according to Timothy O’Malley, an expert on liturgy who teaches at the University of Notre Dame. 

Opening the Word: The hidden Messiah

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: The hidden Messiah

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Defiled heart, defiled hands

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Bread of life discourse: Parts 4 and 5

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: The feast of the Assumption

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

The U.S. bishops’ document on the Eucharist could benefit young Catholics

Timothy O’Malley, the academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, provides a valuable contribution to the debate over the bishops’ upcoming document when he writes, “Even catechesis around the doctrine of real presence is insufficient for a robust affiliation with the Eucharistic Church.”

Opening the Word: Bread of Life discourse — Part 3

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

The Seemingly Minor Change the Pope Just Made That Is Freaking Out Conservative Catholics

The issue, according to Timothy P. O’Malley, the academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, was that many of the clergy and faithful who were drawn to the traditional mass also believed that the Latin Mass was the only authentic and valid way to worship.

What will your parish look like post-pandemic? It may depend on how it responded to coronavirus

"This is the great reckoning for the institutional church," said Timothy O'Malley, academic director of the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life. "A pandemic is never just about illness. Pandemics are about society" and they bring long-simmering areas of conflict to the front burner.

Opening the Word: The return to basics

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

It’s legitimate to debate President Biden receiving Communion. But we should consider our own worthiness, too.

 On my podcast this week, professor Timothy O’Malley offers this insight: “If you want to know how Timothy O’Malley deals with this question of eucharistic coherence: Timothy O’Malley is very concerned about Timothy O’Malley.” This kind of self-reflection is essential for navigating the current debate.

Opening the Word: The supreme generosity of new life in God

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: ‘Not mine but yours’

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Witnesses on earth

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Sharp decline in U.S. birthrate worrying to Church leaders

Timothy O’Malley, the director of education at the University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life, identified economics as another factor that contributes to a declining birthrate.

New book looks into the importance of the Real Presence in life of the Church

Timothy P. O’Malley is director of online education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.

Opening the Word: One heart, one mind

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Church ponders the pastoral ‘now’ awaiting post-pandemic future

“It’s really important that the church over the next three, four weeks, five weeks, as we start to think post-pandemic more intensely, and even more over this summer period, doesn’t just get back to business as normal, but thinks very carefully about the strategy for cultivating and enriching this communal life right now,” Timothy O’Malley, director of education at the University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life told Crux.

Poll finds church membership continues downward trend in 21st century

“The poll doesn’t note that fewer than 50% of American’s don’t believe in God. It’s important to note that across society institutional belonging is not high right now,” said Timothy O’Malley, director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

My 8-year-old son has taught me—a sacramental theologian—how to love the sacraments again.

Timothy P. O’Malley is director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and author of Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter (Ave Maria Press, 2021).

What will Catholic community look like after COVID?

Timothy P. O’Malley, director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, told Our Sunday Visitor that he believes the next 10 years will be “an extremely challenging” period for parish life in the United States.

From Tertullian to Disney: 2,000 years of Godparenting

“This sponsor would be involved in the process of one's religious formation, vouching that one was in fact ready for admission into the church,” theologian Timothy O'Malley told Sojourners.

Opening the Word: Beloved, come

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: The mystery of family life

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Lessons from John the Baptist: ‘I am not’

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Opening the Word: Awaiting redemption

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.