Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner

Adjunct Instructor of Systematic Theology

Director of Liturgy

RHilgartner [at]
Office: 410/683–0600

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. Richard Hilgartner, a St. Mary’s alumnus, was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1995. He was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Monsignor in October of 2011. Msgr. Hilgartner has been the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland since 2015. Previously he had been Associate Director and then Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2007–2014). He has also served at three other parishes in the Archdiocese.

Msgr. Hilgartner has an S.T.L. from Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo in Rome, with a specialization in sacramental theology, and he is completing his Doctorate in Sacred Theology there, specializing in sacramental and liturgical theology.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Liturgical Theology
  • Sacramentology and Sacraments of Initiation
  • Sacramental Practicum for Deacons
  • Sacramental Practicum for Priesthood
  • Foundations of Theology
  • Homiletics

Service to the Church

  • Archdiocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Clergy Personnel Board
  • Catholic Community Foundation (Archdiocese of Baltimore) Board of Directors
  • Adjunct instructor, The Catholic University of America (2017)
  • President and CEO, National Association of Pastoral Musicians (2014–2017)
  • Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (2005–2007)

Selected Publications

  • “The Extended Vigil of Pentecost: Awakening Our Hunger for the Spirit,” Today’s Liturgy, Lent/Easter 2018
  • Guide for Celebrating Matrimony (Liturgy Training Publications, 2016)
  • Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,” in A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2016)
  • “An Overview of The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,” in The Liturgy Documents, Volume I (5th; Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2012)
  • “An Overview of Tres Abhinc Annos,” in The Liturgy Documents, Volume III (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013)
  • “An Analysis of the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Roman Missal” and “The Sign of Peace,” Liturgical Ministry (Spring, 2011)
  • “Embracing the Language of the Liturgy: An Introduction to the Roman Missal, Third Edition,” Catholic Update (
  • “Ten Tips for Welcoming New Catholics: The Role of the Community in the RCIA,” in Catholic Update (
  • “Welcoming the Roman Missal, Third Edition,” The Priest (October 2010)
  • “Encountering Mystery: A Model for Sacramental Catechesis and Celebration.” Catechist Magazine (December 2008)
  • “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: The Word of God in the Celebration of the Sacraments” for USCCB Catechetical Sunday 2008
  • “What’s New in the Mass? A Summary of the New Roman Missal,” The Catholic Review, Nov. 21, 2002
  • Liturgy Skills for the Parish Minister. Curriculum and Text for Archdiocese of Baltimore Church Leadership Institute
  • “Easter: The First Christian Feast,” The Catholic Review, April 6, 2000

Recommended Reading

  • George A. Aschenbrenner, SJ, Quickening the Fire in Our Midst: The Challenge of Diocesan Priestly Spirituality
  • James Mallon, Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission
  • Annibale Bugnini, The Reform of the Liturgy 1948–1975
  • Anscar J. Chupugngco, What, Then, Is Liturgy? Musings and Memoir

A Favorite Quotation

But Jesus, who in this vision informed me of all that is needed by me, answered with these words and said: “It was necessary that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” — Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love