Dr. James M. Starke

Dr. James Starke Assistant Professor of Systematics
and Director of Liturgy

jstarke [at] stmarys.edu

Curriculum vitae

Dr. James Starke joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2021. He is a liturgical scholar with experience in graduate education, academic research, and diocesan ministry. After earning a doctorate in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology from The Catholic University of America (CUA), he served as Director of the Office of Divine Worship of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and as an instructor for seminarian courses at CUA. Since 2020, he has served on the national board of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.

Dr. Starke’s professional interests include methodology for liturgical theology, liturgical tradition, liturgy and spirituality, and religion and science. In the classroom he seeks to connect research in these areas with the pastoral and spiritual needs of today, especially as discerned from his experience preparing diocesan and parochial liturgies, ministering as an episcopal master of ceremonies, forming lay and ordained ministers, and serving on diocesan liturgical and arts commissions.

Dr. Starke and his family live in Arlington, VA. They enjoy spending time in nature parks, visiting museums, and playing various sports. Dr. Starke also enjoys reading non-fiction books on science, history, and art.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Liturgical Theology
  • Sacramentology and Sacraments of Initiation
  • Sacramental Practicum for Priesthood
  • Sacramental Practicum for Diaconate

Service to the Church

  • Permanent Diaconate Formation
  • Board Representative, Region IV, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
  • Censor Deputatus, Diocese of Arlington
  • Retreats for Liturgical Ministers

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Liturgical Tradition: Ecclesial Act of Reception.” Ecclesia Orans 35, no. 1 (2018): 43–74
  • “Liturgical Tradition: A Theological Interpretation,” annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, January 2017, Washington, DC
  • “Liturgy and Science in the Seminary Curriculum” (with Stefanos Alexopoulos), colloquium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science grant at The Catholic University of America, October 2016, Washington, DC

Recommended Reading

  • At the Heart of Christian Worship: Liturgical Essays of Yves Congar, ed. and trans. Paul Philibert
  • Jean Corbon, The Wellspring of Worship
  • Kevin W. Irwin, Models of the Eucharist

A Favorite Quotation

He who said, “This is my body,” and by His word made it so, also said, … “what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me” (Matt 25:45). Indeed, the former needs a pure soul, not coverings, but the latter requires much attention. — St. John Chrysostom, Homily 50 on the Gospel of Matthew