James M. Starke, Ph.D.

James is Director of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Arlington.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint Louis University in Missouri.  Moving to Washington for his Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America (CUA), he served as Assistant to the Director of Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  While completing his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at CUA, James taught courses in theological foundations, liturgy and sacraments, and theology and science.  His primary research interests include liturgical tradition, methodology in liturgical theology, sacramentality, ecclesiology, and ecology.  His most recent contributions to scholarship include works on the ecclesiology of liturgical tradition and the history, theology, and practice of the dedication of a church and an altar.  He lives with his wife, Megan, and their son, Leo, in Arlington, where they are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Recent Presentations

  • Sacraments and Creation
  • Sacraments and the Incarnation
  • Liturgical Renewal and Reform in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Liturgy and Vatican II
  • Liturgy and Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’
  • General Introduction to Prayer, Liturgy, and Sacraments
  • The Mass: History, Theology, and Practice
  • Church and Altar Dedication: History, Theology, and Practice
  • Theology as Faith Seeking Understanding
  • Creation and Big Bang Theory
  • Creation and Evolutionary Theory
  • The Human Person and the Mind/Body Problem