James M. Starke, Ph.D.

James is Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Arlington and Lecturer at The Catholic University of America (CUA). After receiving a bachelor of science in physics from Saint Louis University in 2011, he moved to Washington, DC, for graduate studies and received a doctorate of philosophy in liturgy from CUA in 2018. His recent contributions to scholarship include studies on liturgical tradition and the dedication of a church, and in 2020 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. He lives with his wife, Megan, and their son, Leo, in Arlington, Virginia.


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