Dr Denis McNamara

Dr. Denis McNamara is Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and cohost of the award-winning podcast, “The Liturgy Guys”!

Dr Denis McNamara

BA, History of Art, Yale University;  MArchH and PhD, Architectural History, University of Virginia.

Dr. Denis McNamara is Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College, Visiting Faculty for the Liturgical Institute at Our Lady of the Lake University where he served as Associate Professor of Sacramental Aesthetics, Academic Director, Liturgy Director, and Music Director. Dr McNamara is a regular contributor to Adoramus Bulletin and co-host of the award-winning Catholic podcast, “The Liturgy Guys”. 

Author of “Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago” (2005), “Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy” (2009), “How to Read Churches” (2011) and articles and reviews in Arris, Chicago Studies, Communio, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Assembly, Sacred Architecture, Letter and Spirit, and Environment and Art Letter.

Academic specialties include the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Institute for Classical Architecture.



The Liturgy Guys is an initiative of the Liturgical Institute, Adoremus Bulletin, and Benedictine College. Christopher Carstens and Dr. Denis McNamara sit down with host Jesse Weiler every week to talk about Catholic Liturgy. At the end of each episode, our Liturgy experts take time to answer listener-submitted questions. The goal of this podcast is to share the treasures of Liturgy with English-speaking Catholics all over the world.


The Liturgical Institute was established in the year 2000 by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, in order to prepare Catholics for a “new era in liturgical renewal.” It serves a diverse international student population of laity, religious, and clergy. Monsignor M. Francis Mannion served as its founding Director and established the sacramental foundation for the program that it enjoys today. The Liturgical Institute prepares its students in a context of prayer and scholarship with the Church’s future priests, deacons, pastors, and ministers to bring solid theological knowledge, critical reasoning, and practical skills to bear on the challenges opened by the exciting phase of liturgical renewal emerging in recent years.

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