Msgr. Reynold H. Hillenbrand, 1904-1979

I’ve finally put up a long-overdue Wikipedia page for Msgr. Reynold H. Hillenbrand, 1904-1979, a liturgical reformer and leader for social justice who greatly influenced Chicago and American Catholicism during the 20th century. As the Wikipedia article states (at least as of 1:10 AM, 10/3/10!):

“Msgr. Hillenbrand’s three-part approach of faithfully presenting papal teaching, calling lay apostles, and bringing laity through the Catholic liturgy to social action, helped form US Catholic leadership prior to the Second Vatican Council, which his liturgical reforms anticipated.”

For an in-depth look at Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand, see my scholarly article. From 1992-1994, I was blessed to serve as director of the former Reynold Hillenbrand Institute at the Chicago archdiocesan seminary, formerly Niles College Seminary, now called St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University, and learned much about this saintly man and his impact on those he mentored.

Please see the memorial website on Msgr. Hillenbrand maintained by the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

Rev. Robert Tuzik, PhD, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has just published his long-awaited book on Msgr. Hillenbrand, based upon his 1989 dissertation, which drew upon the Hillenbrand papers at Notre Dame University. I’ll be offering a short review of this book in the next few weeks.

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4 Responses to “Msgr. Reynold H. Hillenbrand, 1904-1979”

  1. […] hearkens back to the social justice summer schools organized by Chicago’s late and saintly Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand in the 1930s. This present program brings interfaith seminary students together to consider labor […]

  2. […] McClory has likened Fr. Pfleger to Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand. But Hillenbrand publicly defended Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, losing many of his […]

  3. […] prior to Leo XIII‘s encyclical Rerum Novarum. Chicago Catholic Action, with mentors like Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand, erupted during its heyday of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s into either “Specialized Catholic […]

  4. […] Then Cardinal Ratzinger’s words on the limitations of the expression “People of God,” and his preference for the simultaneous use of the expression “Body of Christ” along with “People of God,” sum up the fundamental difference between those with a mere political interpretation of Vatican II, as opposed to an integration of the social and the sacramental. I agree with Joseph Ratzinger that the Church is definitely more than the sum of her members, and that using the phrase People of God exclusively without also invoking the Body of Christ is to rely substantially upon pre-Gospel traditions. The People of God and the Body of Christ belong together not only when describing the Church, but when witnessing to Christ as part of His Church. This theology of combining the social with the sacramental is very similar to that of Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand, of whom I’ve written previously. […]

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