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BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012 -- The North American Academy of Liturgy has awarded its highest honor, the Berakah Award, to the Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics at CDSP.
In presenting the award at its annual meeting on Jan.7 in Montreal, the academy told Weil, “You lavishly open the heart of Anglican traditions, teaching ‘liturgy for living’ with elegance and love.”
Weil began teaching at CDSP in 1988, and prior to that he taught at Nashotah House in Wisconsin and Seminario Episcopal del Caribe in Puerto Rico. He is a founding member of Societas Liturgica, the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, and the North American academy of Liturgy, of which he was a past president. He has served three terms as a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church since 1985.
The citation for the Texas-born, Harvard- and Paris-educated Episcopal priest and scholar read:
“Relishing the Feast, you know the taste and fragrance of Christ in many cultures, sounding the deep waters of Baptism. The world has been your classroom, the ecumenical Church your care, the surprise of God your idiom, the gracious cadence of prayer your music, wit and good theology for worshipping assemblies your style…. For your life and work, this Academy gives thanks and praise.”
In addition to more than 100 articles, Weil’s books include Liturgy for Living (co-authored with Charles Price), Sacraments and Liturgy: The Outward Signs, and A Theology of Worship.
He holds these degrees: B.Mus., Southern Methodist University; A.M., Harvard University; S.T.B., The General Theological Seminary; Peritus Sacrae Liturgiae, Magister Sacrae Liturgiae, S.T.D., Institut Catholique de Paris.