The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Faculty

Rev. Jan Michael Joncas

Rev. Jan Michael Joncas

Rev. Jan Michael Joncas

University Artist-in-Residence
Fellow, Center for Catholic Studies
Phone: (651) 962-5715

Office Location: 304 Sitzmann Hall

Academic History

S.L.D., summa cum laude, Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo (Roma, Italia), 1991
S.L.L., summa cum laude, Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo (Roma, Italia), 1989
M.A., (Liturgical Studies) summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (USA), 1978
B.A., (English) magna cum laude, St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota (USA), 1975


History and Theology of Worship
Liturgical Music
Theological Aesthetics

Awards & Honors

Msgr. John A. Sweeney Award presented for service to the ideals of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy by the Worship Center of the Archdiocese of St. Paul – Minneapolis (4 December 2003).

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Liturgical Music for the collection “A Voice Cries Out” by Oregon Catholic Press (October 2003)

Distinguished Educator Award from the students of the University of St. Thomas (1998-1999)

Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of St. Thomas.

Selected Publications


Joncas, J. M.  Review of The Mystery We Celebrate, The Song We Sing: A Theology of Liturgical Music by Kathleen Harmon.  Worship 83.1 (January 2009): 85-89.

Joncas, J. M.  "Sing to the Lord! Music in Divine Worship: Context and Contributions."  AIM 38.2 (Summer 2009): 14-15.

Joncas, J. M.  "Sing to the Lord!: Context and Contributions" in The Role of Music in Worship: Sing to the Lord in Pastoral Practice, by Alan J. Hommerding (ed.).  Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications, 2009: 10-14.

Joncas, J. M.  The Michael Joncas Psalter, Volume I.  Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications, 2009.


Joncas, J. M. "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship: New Guidelines for Liturgical Music in the USA."  Music and Liturgy: The journal of the Society of St. Gregory 34.2 (Summer 2008): 14-15.

Joncas, J. M.  "Ministering to the body, mind and spirit."  Inside Mayo Clinic (Summer 2008): 6-9.

Joncas, J. M.  Review of Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music by Jeremie Begbie.  Worship 82.5 (September 2008): 467-470.

Joncas, J. M.  Review of Do This: Liturgy as Performance by Richard D. McCall.  Worship 82.5 (September 2008): 475-478.

Joncas, J. M. "Music in the Mission of the Church revisited: Insights from 'Sing to the Lord': Music in Divine Worship."  The Liturgy Planner 16.1 (November 2008): 28-35.


Joncas, J. M. "Thoughts for the Fog-Bound and the Tongue-Tied: Spirituality and Liturgy in Conversation."   Assembly: A Journal of Liturgical Theology 33.4 (July 2007): 32-37.

Joncas, J. M.  "Afterword: The Song Goes On." B. Colombari and M.R. Prendergast (eds.), The Song of the Assembly: Pastoral Music in Practice: Essays in Honor of Father Virgil C. Funk.  Portland, OR: Pastoral Press, 2007: 95-98.

Joncas, J. M.  "The Pastoral Musician: Hermeneut, Catechist, Mystagogue."  Pastoral Music 32.1 (October - November 2007): 27-34.

Kersenn-Griep, Jeff, with J. M. Joncas.  "On Eagle's Wings."  Portland: The University of Portland Magazine 27.1 (Spring 2008): 10.


"Singing During Communion: The Contemporary Roman Rite."  Assembly 32.1 (Jan 2006): 5-8.

 "An Easter Alleluia: Music to Spark the Imagination in Paschaltide."  Preach (March/April 2006): 25-30.

 "Composer Profile: Michael Joncas."  Today's Liturgy.  Ordinary Time 1 (June 2006): 29.

 "On Eagles' Wings." Music and Liturgy: The Journal of the Society of St. Gregory. 32.2 (Autumn 2006): 11-12.


Review of Written Text Becomes Living Word: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching by Stephen Vincent DeLeers (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004) in Catholic Issues.

An Anniversary Song: Pope John Paul II’s 2003 Chirograph for the Centenary of Tra le Sollecitudini.” Music in Christian Worship: At the Service of the Liturgy.  Ed. Charlotte Kroeker.  Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2005, 47-61.

Review of Lonergan, Hermeneutics, & Theological Method by Donna Teevan (Marquette, WI: University of Marquette Press, 2005) in Catholic Issues.

“Foreword.” By Heart: Seasonal Songs for Gathering, Interceding and Communion by Tony Alonso and Gabe Huck (Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2005), vii.

 “Singing at Communion: History in the Roman Rite” Assembly (2005).

Review of The Core Elements of Priestly Formation Programs: A Collection of Readings, Volumes 1 – 4.  (Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association, 2005) in Catholic Issues.

Style WarsPastoral Music 30.1 (October - November 2005): 26-35.

Selected Presentations

Presented three lectures: “Theological Style Wars”, “Textual Style Wars”, “Musical Style Wars” for the Liturgical Music Institute at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN (21, 22, 23 June 2005)

Presented three addresses: “The Communion Rite at Diocesan Celebrations” (workshop for Diocesan Directors of Music Ministry), “The Eucharistic Prayer” (workshop), “Style Wars” (plenum address) for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention (Milwaukee, WI; 28 – 29 June 2005)

Presented a workshop: “Spiritual for Ministry” for the M.Div. colloquium at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 26 August 2005)

Featured speaker for Worship That Transforms: Exploring the Intersection of Worship and Justice for the Siena Center of Dominican University (Chicago, IL, 7-8 October 2005).  Two lectures: “Faithful Christians, Fruitful Worship” and “Preachers and Prophets.”  Two guided conversations: “Working for Justice, Sustained by Liturgy” and “Justice Celebrated, Justice Lived: Weaving the Threads Together.”


Professional Memberships

North American Academy of Liturgy
Catholic Theological Society of America
College Theology Society
Societas Liturgica
Universa Laus
Advisory board of CHURCH (2004 - present)
Advisor to the Institute for Liturgical Formation, New Brunswick, NJ (1995- present)
North American correspondent for Universa Laus (2001 - 2003) 
Guest of the Advisory Committee for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (1999-2001)  
Board of Directors for the Society of Catholic Liturgy (1998-2000)
Member of the Constituting Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (1994-1997)
Delegate to the Academy Committee of the North American Academy of Liturgy from (1994-1996) 
Nominations Committee of the CTSA (1993-1996)