Gilbert Ostdiek, O.F.M.
S.T.L., S.T.D., Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome
Professor Gil Ostdiek, O.F.M., is a founding faculty member of Catholic Theological Union, an ordained presbyter, and a member of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart. He holds a B.A. from Quincy College, an S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum (Rome), and has done post-doctoral studies at Harvard Divinity School and the University of California/GTU.
Gil has been a member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS), the Catholic Academy of Liturgy (CAL), the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), and Societas Liturgica.
He has received a Festschrift [Finding Voice to Give God Praise: Essays in the Many Languages of the Liturgy, ed. Kathleen Hughes (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1998)]; the 1998 Michael Mathis Award for contributions to liturgical renewal, from the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy; the 2001 Pax et Bonum Award, from St. Peter’s in Chicago; and the 2007 Georgetown Center for Liturgy Award for outstanding contributions to the liturgical life of the American Church.
Gil has taught liturgy at the graduate level for 50 years and has conducted numerous adult education workshops on liturgy. In addition, he has been Vice President/Academic Dean, MDiv Director, and MA Director at CTU. He served on the International Commission on the Liturgy (ICEL) for fifteen years on the Advisory Committee, on the General Editorial Committee for revision of the Sacramentary, and as chair of the Subcommittee on the Translation and Revision of Texts. Gil is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and he has also been a consultant for the American Franciscan Liturgical Commission.
Gil’s publications include: “The History of Vernaculars and the Role of Translation,” in A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal: Developed under the Auspices of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, ed. Edward Foley (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2011), 35-72 [with Keith Pecklers]; “Concelebrated Mass,” in A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal: Developed under the Auspices of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy and Co-sponsored by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, ed. Edward Foley, Nathan D. Mitchell, Joanne M. Pierce (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2007), 279-309 [with Andrew Ciferni]; “Liturgical Spirituality: Deriving the True Christian Spirit,” Liturgical Ministry 14 (Fall 2005): 205-215; “Liturgy as Catechesis for Life,” The Living Light 37/4 (Summer 2001): 45-54; “Liturgical Translation: Some Reflections,” in The Voice of the Church: A Forum on Liturgical Translation (Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2001), 17-48; “Crafting English Prayer Texts: The ICEL Revision of the Sacramentary,” Studia Liturgica 26/1 (1996): 128-139; and a book entitled Catechesis for Liturgy: A Program for Parish Involvement (Washington: The Pastoral Press, 1986).
Gil’s hobbies are woodworking and photography.