Fr. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P.

Vice President for Mission and MinistryFr. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P.

Director, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies

(S.T.D. Catholic University of America, 2009). He teaches and publishes in the areas of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology.


Father Pivarnik’s primary area of research is in postmodern Sacramental Theology. This increasingly means that one has to have a thorough understanding of early Christian sources, the sacramental deliberations of the Scholastics, and the vision and reform of the Second Vatican Council in order to piece back together a theology of sacraments that satisfies the fractured nature of postmodern research. The goal of Fr. Pivarnik’s research has been the development of a definitively Trinitarian method for sacramentology and liturgical participation. While most sacramental studies highlight the role and action of Christ, the conciliar reform and the theology that emanated from it have increasingly called for a deeper Trinitarian understanding of sacramental operation in the West. To that end, his first book, published in 2012 centers on that topic: Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Liturgical Participation (The Liturgical Press).

Recent Publications and Papers


  • Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Liturgical Participation, Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2013.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “Habitual Invocations” Studia Liturgica (Winter 2013) forthcoming.
  • “That You May Enter Under My Roof: Eucharistic Indwelling and the Holy Spirit,” in Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy 2012,  Notre Dame, IN: North American Academy of Liturgy, Inc., 2012.

Other Articles or Papers

  • “Expecting the Unexpected,”  The Liturgical Singer 13:1 (February 2012): 1-2.
  • “Providence College and the Common Good,” LOGOS  5:1 (Fall 2010): 6-7.
  • “Threshold Rites: People of the Door and of the Doorkeeper,” Pastoral Music (February 2006): 16-18.
  • “Running with the Lord,” The Liturgical Singer 5:2 (April 2004): 1-2.


  • Review of Matthew Novenson’s Christ Among the Messiahs: Christ Language in Paul and Messiah Language in Ancient Jerusalem, in Pastoral Music 36: 5 (Sept 2012): 40.

Major Papers Given

  • Actuosa Participatio: Appropriating the Spirit’s Active Presence in the Liturgical Action, Societas Liturgica Congress, Wurzburg, Germany, short paper, August 2013.
  • A Trinitarian Approach to Liturgical Participation, North American Academy of Liturgy, Albuquerque, NM, January 2013.
  • Eucharistic Indwelling and the Presence of the Spirit, North American Academy of Liturgy, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 2012.
  • Eucharist and Trinity, The North American Academy of Liturgy, San Francisco, CA, January 2011.
  • Eucharistic Participation and the Trinitarian Narrative, The North American Academy of Liturgy, Milwaukee, WI,  January 2010.