Katharine Harmon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology

(317) 955-6648
Oldenburg Hall, Room 109



Katharine E. Harmon serves as assistant professor of theology and as a private instructor in organ at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teaches undergraduate students and college seminarians. She received her Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, specializing in liturgical studies. She completed her M.T.S. at Notre Dame in 2004, also in liturgical studies. She received her B.A. from Valparaiso University in 2004, double majoring in church music and English, and finishing as a Christ College Associate (honors college). After completing her doctorate at Notre Dame, she served as lecturer in liturgical studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC from 2011-13.

Dr. Harmon’s first book, There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-1959, was published with the Liturgical Press in 2013. She has contributed chapters to edited volumes in the fields of both liturgical studies and American Catholicism, and her articles have appeared in journals such as Worship, American Catholic Studies, and Studia Liturgica. She is also a regular contributor for the blog Pray Tell: Worship, Wit and Wisdom, sponsored by the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.

She has offered lectures on Roman Catholic liturgy and liturgical renewal in a variety of venues, including the University of Notre Dame’s ND Vision program (Notre Dame, Indiana); the Monastic Institute offered at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; St. Catherine’s University (St. Paul,Minnesota); and in a variety of parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Currently, Dr. Harmon serves on the Executive Committee of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, and as convener and co-convener for topic sessions within the North American Academy of Liturgy, the College Theology Society, and for the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Dr. Harmon has served as a pastoral musician for the past twenty years in Roman Catholic parishes, as well as in Lutheran, Anglican, and Disciples of Christ congregations. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, and is an accompanist and chair of the arts and environment committee for her home parish of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Courses taught

  • THL 105: Introduction to Theology
  • THL H05: Honors Introduction to Theology
  • THL 337: The Christian Celebration of the Mass
  • GST 490: Gender Studies Senior Capstone
  • HIS 348: History of the Catholic Church in the United States
  • MUL 116-416: Organ Studio Lessons

Research interests

Dr. Harmon’s interests draw together the history of liturgical renewal with pastoral practice, particularly in the modern United States.  She is interested in how the efforts of teaching and advancing “active participation” were communicated, interpreted, and experienced in the lives of the American Catholic faithful, and subsequent influence on the development of Catholic ritual practice.  Her current research includes exploring the role that liturgical catechesis, particularly catechesis shaped by the liturgical year and aesthetic practice, was realized by religious sisters in the mid-century United States. 

Selected publications

  • There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-1959 (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013). 
  • “‘That Word “Liturgy” is So Unfortunate’: Learning the Mystical Body and Practicing Catholic Action in the United States Liturgical Movement (c. 1926-1955) American Catholic Studies 127, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 25-44.
  • “Learning Your Catholic Language: Attitudes and Approaches to Latin and Vernacular in the United States’ Liturgical Movement,” Worship 87, no. 4 (2013): 309-337.
  • With Paul F. Bradshaw, “Ritual,” in The Study of Liturgy and Worship: An Alcuin Guide, Edited by Juliette Day and Benjamin Gordon-Taylor (London: SPCK, 2013), 21-32. 
  • “The Liturgical Movement and Catholic Action: Women Living the Liturgical Life in the Lay Apostolate,” in Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II, Edited by Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), 46-75. 
  • “Drawing the Holy in the Ordinary: Ade Bethune, the Catholic Worker, and the Liturgical Movement,” American Catholic Studies (Spring 2012): 1-23.

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