Our regular readers — or anyone who bothers to check my bio — know that I’m progressing toward a PhD in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. With the opening of the 2011-2012 academic year a couple of weeks ago, I began my third year in that program, the “dreaded” comps year — candidacy examinations, leading to the exalted status of A.B.D. (All-But-Done or -Dissertation, depending on the day and my attitude toward the project!)
Yesterday, I submitted my list of examination topics and preliminary bibliographies. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with our readers the topics on which I’m preparing to be examined and my initial ideas about them for discussion here. I thought our readers might enjoy an inside, on-the-ground-running peek at liturgical studies at this level and stage. I also thought that everyone might enjoy a bit of a diversion from you-know-what coming on October 1.
Until then. . .