A SHORT HISTORY OF THE SOCIETAS LITURGICA
Societas Liturgica came into existence through the initiative of Wiebe Vos, a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. In 1962 he founded Studia Liturgica, “an international ecumenical quarterly for liturgical research and renewal.” In 1965 Vos called a conference of twenty-five liturgists from Europe and North America at the Protestant community of Grandchamp, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. With J. J. von Allmen as Chair, the conference discussed Christian Initiation and resolved to found a Societas Liturgica, “an association for the promotion of ecumenical dialogue on worship, based on solid research, with the perspective of renewal and unity.”
The foundation meeting of the Societas Liturgica took place at Driebergen in The Netherlands in 1967. That meeting studied the Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council as well as recent work on worship by the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order. Thereafter the Societas has held congresses at two year intervals.
Most of the papers delivered at meetings of the Societas have been published in English in Studia Liturgica.
There are now more than 400 members of Societas Litugica. The international and ecumenical character of the society is illustrated by the list of its successive presidents and Council members.
SOCIETAS LITURGICA BYLAWS
1. The name of the Association shall be: Societas Liturgica, hereinafter referred to as the Societas.
2. The Societas shall:
a) encourage research in the field of worship and allied subjects, as well as the pastoral implications of such research;
b) facilitate the exchange of the results of this research and other liturgical knowledge;
c) seek to deepen the mutual understanding of the various liturgical traditions;
d) seek ways to make clear the relevance of liturgy in the contemporary world.
3. This aim shall be pursued by:
a) holding general meetings of the Societas;
b) calling, if desired, smaller consultations or wider conferences;
c) promoting publications which serve the purpose of the Societas.
4. The affairs of the Societas shall be managed by a Council consisting of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and six other members, of whom three shall retire at each general meeting. All members of the Council shall be elected at the general meeting. The Chair shall not be eligible for immediate re-election as Chair.
5. This Council has power to act on behalf of the Societas between general meetings.
6. Other committees, needed for the activities of the Societas, may be appointed either by the general meeting or by the Council.
7. Membership shall be open to:
a) those teaching or doing research in liturgical and related studies;
b) those who are actively engaged in official liturgical commissions;
c) those who are making significant contributions to the liturgical life of the churches;
d) such other persons as the Societas may wish to invite.
8. All applications for membership shall be sent to the Secretary of the Societas with the written recommendation of two of its members. For the application to be accepted the approval of the majority of the Council shall be required.
9. The fees shall be determined by the Council.
Adopted at the Foundation Meeting of the Societas Liturgica held at Driebergen, 26-30 June 1967.
1. The following amendments to the Membership section was approved at the Paris 17-19 January 1998 meeting of the Council
a. Membership shall be open to:
i. those teaching or doing research in liturgical and related studies
ii. those who are actively engaged in official liturgical commissions,
iii. those who are making significant contributions to the liturgical life of the churches, and
iv. such other persons as the Societas may wish to invite.
b. All applications for membership shall be sent to the secretary of the Societas with the written recommendation of two of its members. For the application to be accepted the approval of the majority of the Council will be required.
c. There shall be three classifications of membership: Active, Inactive, and Honourably Retired.
i. Active: A person elected to membership by Council is considered an active member upon participation in the Societas and payment of annual dues. If more than two years’ dues are unpaid Council shall remove the person from membership after notification.
ii. Inactive: A person who through illness or other circumstance is prevented from participation as an active member (including paying full annual dues) may apply to Council for “Inactive” status for one year. An inactive member does not pay full annual dues and is listed in the membership list as “Inactive”. An inactive member receives the Newsletter and other mailings but does not receive Studia Liturgica. An inactive member may return to active membership by giving notice of their intention to return to active membership and by paying their full annual dues. Council shall review all such requests annually.
iii. Honourably Retired: A person who is officially retired my become an “Honourably Retired” member. Honourably retired members may vote in Business Meetings of the Societas, receive all mailings, are welcome at Congress meetings, and may serve in office and on committees of the Societas if so elected. Dues for Honourably Retired members shall be approximately one-third of those of “Active” member dues.
d. Couples who are both “Active” members may upon request choose to receive only one subscription to Studia Liturgica. Annual dues for each are reduced accordingly. The yearly amount of reduction to be determined by the Editor-in-chief of Studia Liturgica and approved by Council
VI. Membership Fees
a. Membership fees shall be determined by the Council.
b. Scholarship funds are available to those with special financial needs, but each member is expected to pay something toward their annual dues and participation in a Congress regardless of membership category.
Amendment to the Bylaws: Organization: That the Societas begin the practice of electing a President-Elect who would serve for two years and then assume the office of President: Approved: Los Gatos 11-13 February 2000
Ammendment to the Bylaws (approved at the Palermo 17-19 February 2006 meeting):
Interim Member: An interim member is one who’s application has been approved by the Societas Liturgica Council, you will become an Interim Member. An interim member is required to pay dues, will receive the members’ newsletter and may register for a congress at the members’ fee. When you participate in a Societas Liturgica congress, you automatically become a full member.
Student Member: “If you are engaged in advanced degree work in liturgical or related studies, you are invited to participate in the congresses of Societas Liturgica by becoming a “student” member.
A Student membership is similar to an extended Interim Membership (including attendance at a Congress). As a student you will pay reduced membership dues at the level of the honourably retired. You may not vote or stand for election. You will be admitted to full membership when you have successfully completed your studies.”
Organization: Each of the officers and members of the Council, including the two person serving as the Secretariat, and the Editor-in-Chief of Studia Liturgica have a vote at Council Meetings.
As August 2011: 432 Members of which 72 are women and 360 men from 35 countries.
History of Congresses
1967 Driebergen, Netherlands: Vatican II and the Work on Worship by Faith and Order, WCC.
1969 Glenstal Abbey, Ireland: Liturgical Language
1971 Strasbourg, France: Contemporary Worship
1973 Montserrat, Spain: Contemporary Common Prayer
1975 Trier, Germany: Current Eucharistic Prayers
1977 Canterbury, England: Christian Initiation
1979 Washington, DC, U.S.A.: Ordination
1981 Paris, France: Liturgical Time
1983 Vienna, Austria: Liturgy and Spirituality
1985 Boston, MA, U.S.A.: The Lima Document
1987 Brixen, Italy: Penance and Reconciliation
1989 York, England: The Inculturation of the Liturgy
1991 Toronto, Canada: Bible and Liturgy
1993 Fribourg, Switzerland: Liturgical Space
1995 Dublin, Ireland: Future Shape of the Liturgy
1997 Turko/Åbo, Finland: Liturgy and Music
1999 Kottayam, India: Liturgical Theology
2001 Santa Clara, California, USA: Life Cycle Liturgies
2003 Eindhoven, The Netherlands: The Cloud of Witnesses
2005 Dresden, Germany: Worship as Transformation – To Heal a Broken World
2007 Palermo, Sicily, Italy: Liturgy and the Public Square
2009 Sydney, Australia: The Liturgical Year: The Gospel encoutering our Time
2011 Reims, France: Baptism
2013 Würzburg, Germany:
1967-1969 Placid Murray, OSB
1969-1971 Ronald C. D. Jasper
1971-1973 Pierre-Marie Gy, OP
1973-1975 Jean-Jacques von Allmen
1975-1977 Balthasar Fischer
1977-1979 Thomas Talley
1979-1981 Frederick R. McManus
1981-1983 Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber
1983-1985 Geoffrey Wainwright
1985-1987 Robert F. Taft, SJ
1987-1989 Donald C. Gray
1989-1991 Paul De Clerck
1991-1993 Bruno Bürki
1993-1995 Paul F. Bradshaw
1995-1997 Irmgard Pahl
1997-1999 Jacob Vellian
1999-2001 John Baldovin
2001-2003 Yngvill Martola
2003-2005 Ottfried Jordahn
2005-2007 David Holeton
2007-2009 Jim Puglisi
2009-2011 Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
2011-2013 Gordon Lathrop
President Elect (Vice-President)
2003-2005 David Holeton
2005-2007 James Puglisi
2007-2009 Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
2009-2011 Gordon Lathrop
2011-2013 Patrick Prétot
Editors Studia Liturgica
1962-1987 Wiebe Vos
1987-2005 Paul Bradshaw
2005-2013 Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
1995-2005 Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Ruth Meyers
2005-2011 Ruth Meyers
1967-1971 Gilbert Mayes
1971-1977 Lucas Brinkhoff, OFM
1977-1985 John E. Rotelle, OSA
1985-1991 Artur Waibel
1991-2003 David Holeton, Alan Barthel
2003-2013 Alan Barthel, Martin Stuflesser
1976-1973 D. G. Hagman
1973-1981 Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber
1981-1987 Donald C. Gray
1987-1999 David Pfleiderer
1999-2007 Artur Waibel
2007-2013 Hans Krech
· 1967-69 Wiebe Vos, Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber, Metropolite Emilianos, John C. Skoglund
· 1969-71 John C. Skoglund, Placid Murray, OSB, Vilmos Vajta, Osvaldo D. Santagada, Wiebe Vos, Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber
· 1971-73 Placid Murray, OSB, Ronald C. D. Jasper, Osvaldo D. Santagada, Knud Ottosen, Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber, John C. Skoglund
· 1973-75 Ronald C. D. Jasper, Pierre-Marie Gy, OP, Knud Ottosen, Alexander Olivar, OSB, John C. Skoglund, Thomas Talley.
· 1975-77 Pierre-Marie Gy, OP, Jean Jacques von Allmen, Alexander Olivar, OSB, Geoffrey Wainwright, Thomas Talley, Geoffrey J. Cuming
· 1977-79 Jean Jacques von Allmen, Balthsar Fischer, OSB, Geoffrey Wainwright, Pierre- Marie Gy, OP, Geoffrey J. Cuming, Donald C. Gray.
· 1979-81 Pierre-Marie Gy, OP, Robert F. Taft, SJ, Donald C. Gray, Hector Muñoz, OP, Balthasar Fischer, Eugene L. Brand
· 1981-83 Eugene L. Brand, Paul De Clerck, Hector Muñoz, Georg Kretschmar, Robert F. Taft, Thomas Talley
· 1983-85 Paul De Clerck, Horace T. Allen, Georg Kretschmar, Karl-Heinrich Bieritz, Thomas Talley, Robert F. Taft, SJ
· 1985-87 Horace T. Allen, Paul De Clerck, Karl-Heinrich Bieritz, Eugene L. Brand, David R. Holeton, Teresa Berger
· 1987-89 Paul De Clerck, Karl-Heinrich Bieritz, Eugene L. Brand, David R. Holeton, Teresa Berger, Irmgard Pahl
· 1989-91 Karl-Heinrich Bieritz, Paul F. Bradshaw, David R. Holeton, Bruno Bürki, Irmgard Pahl, Anita Stauffer
· 1991-93 Horace T. Allen, Irmgard Pahl, Donald C. Gray, Mary Schaefer, Anita Stauffer, Artur Waibel
· 1993-95 Irmgard Pahl, John F. Baldovin, Mary Schaefer, Donald C. Gray, Artur Waibel, Patrick Jones
· 1995-97 John Baldovin, Jean-Claude Hugues, Patrick Jones, Ottfried Jordahn, Donald Gray, Robert Gribben
· 1997-99 John Baldovin, Jean-Claude Hugues (+ 1998), Patrick Jones, Yngvill Martola, Ottfried Jordahn, Robert Gribben
· 1999-2001 Bernadette Breton, Dagmar Heller, Patrick Jones, Anthony Kain, Yngvill Martola, Jacob Thekeparampil
· 2001-2003 Michael S. Driscoll, Anthony Kain, Jacob Thekeparampil, Marcel Barnard, Lizette Larson-Miller, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
· 2003-2005 Michael S. Driscoll, James Puglisi, Marcel Barnard, Lizette Larson-Miller, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Tom Elich
· 2005-2007 Michael S. Driscoll, Lizette Larson-Miller, Gordon Lathrop, Hans Krech, Tom Elich, Patrick Prétot
- 2007-2009 Tom Elich, Albert Gerhards, Lizette Larson-Miller, Gordon Lathrop, Jennifer O’Brien, Patrick Prétot
- 2009-2011 Harald Buchinger, Tom Elich, Keith Griffiths, Irene Mildenberger, Jennifer O’Brien, Patrick Prétot
- 2011-2013 Harald Buchinger, Joris Geldhof, Irene Mildenberger, Jennifer O’Brien, Carmel Pilcher, Rebecca Söderblom