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Working in Campus Ministry and as a student Mass attendee myself, I have noticed a lack of observable participation in general at Sunday campus liturgies in recent years. Documented attendance has also been declining, which is a concern because the liturgy is an absolutely vital component of religious and spiritual growth. Are there specific aspects of Marquette liturgies that are turning students away or not engaging them in the most productive ways? If so, what steps can Campus Ministry take to improve the liturgies and consequently raise attendance? Higher attendance and greater participation are necessary initial steps towards higher campus engagement in the liturgy—a viable marker of a Catholic, Jesuit education. This project is a mixed-method qualitative study that involves observations and interviews. The data collected is broken into four main findings sections: general importance of the liturgy, defining liturgical engagement, past student liturgical engagement at Marquette University and present student liturgical engagement at Marquette University.

Publication Date

Fall 2012


Marquette University, Campus Ministry, liturgy, Mass, liturgical engagement, participation, community, residence halls, Catholic, religion


A poster and paper completed for English 3210. Access to this poster and paper are available at Marquette University only.

Marketing the Mass: Engaging Marquette University Students in the Liturgy Introduction