United Christ

Modes of Participation in a Changing Church

This presentation looks at the ways in which participation is understood at different levels in the life of the Church’s liturgy. A very brief historical understanding precedes a contemporary consideration of how Church life is enlivened under current restrictions. Hopefully this presentation will give Church leaders the opportunity to consider the question of participation outside of limitation and inside possibility.  


This presentation is given by the Very Reverend Denis Robinson, OSB, President-Rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN. He has served in this capacity since 2008. A Benedictine monk, he is also an assistant professor of systematic theology. A Mississippi native, Father Denis attended Saint Meinrad College and School of Theology, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1989 and a Master of Divinity in 1993. From 1993-96, he was parochial vicar for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis, TN. He joined the Saint Meinrad monastery in August 1996. Father Denis also attended the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he received a master’s degree in theology in 2002, a licentiate in sacred theology in 2003, and doctorates in sacred theology and philosophy in 2007.