Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics: Upcoming ACU public lecture

Thursday 25 September 2020

ACU Centre for Liturgy
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our experiences of liturgy and public prayer as never before. Providing pastoral care to the sick and dying in high-risk environments alongside health professionals engaged in medical care, has necessitated the development of innovative approaches to this vital work.

The ACU Centre for Liturgy will examine this current reality in “Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics,” a free public lecture presented live online from New York, USA by Sr Professor Julia Upton rsm of St John’s University (New York) on Monday 12 October via Zoom.

Prof Upton will review lessons learned from the renegotiation of what ‘community’ and ‘worship’ mean when gatherings are not permitted or are restricted by social distancing, and what kinds of pastoral care can occur for the sick and dying in hospitals and other settings when families cannot visit. Pastoral care providers, clergy and parishioners will find this free public lecture of great benefit as we consider what has been learned so far amid the pandemic and what the ramifications might be for future modes of pastoral care in the months and years ahead.

Sr Julia Upton RSM is Provost Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Theology at St John's University New York. She has worked at St John’s university continuously since 1979 in various academic roles. Julia teaches liturgy and sacramental theology to both undergraduate and graduate students. She is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and has a passion for social justice. Among her many publications are Understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006) and Worship in Spirit and Truth: The Life and Legacy of H. A. Reinhold (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010). Professor Upton holds the PhD in Theology from Fordham University and postgraduate qualifications in pastoral care. She has been an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.
“Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics” 
  • Date: Monday 12 October from 10-11.30am (AEST) via Zoom
  • Registration essential by 7 October 2020. 
  • Please register for this event using this link. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the public lecture. For further information or questions please contact the ACU Centre for Liturgy (
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