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I’m a doctoral student in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven, doing research on liturgy, worship, ritual and sacramental theology.


PhD/STD KU Leuven (~2025)

Other Publications

Peer Reviewed

“A Minister Prepares: Liturgical Performance and Stanislavski’s Method of Acting” in Theology 124.2, March 2021, pp. 93-100; doi: 10.1177/0040571X21991745

“What is Time? – Philosophical and Eucharistic Insights” in Studia Liturgica 50.2, September 2020, pp. 163-175; doi: 10.1177/0039320720945929

“Schillebeeckx’s Theology of History and Liturgical Theology” in Anaphora 13.1, June 2019 pp. 63-78. (Also available on CORE).

The Spirit in Liturgy and Doctrine: a liturgical-systematic dialogue in the fourth century Church in Egypt and Cappadocia (Norfolk, UK: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2018) Joint Liturgical Studies 86

“Theological Considerations for Liturgical Renewal with Edward Schillebeeckx” in New Blackfriars 99, November 2018 pp. 775-787; doi: 10.1111/nbfr.12350

Book Reviews

Review: “Turnbloom, David Farina, 2017. Speaking with Aquinas: A Conversation About Grace, Virtue and the Eucharist.” in Anaphora 12, December 2018, pp. 228-230.

Review: “Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, 2021. Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art.” in Theology 124/6, November 2021, pp.462-463.

Conference Presentations

‘The Later Schillebeeckx’s Unfinished Work on the Sacraments: A Report from the Archives’. Paper to Liturgical Theology Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Toronto, January 2023

‘Pandemic or not: are we capable of liturgical communion anyway?’ Paper to La 68e Semaine d’études liturgiques, Saint-Serge Institut de théologie orthodoxe, Paris, July 2022.

‘Liturgy: Diversity, Unity, Authority?’ Paper to the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, June 2022.

‘The application of Edward Schillebeeckx’s theology of history for liturgical theology’. Paper to the 2018 Conference of the Society for Liturgical Study, Mirfield, August 2018

‘Theological Considerations for Liturgical Renewal with Edward Schillebeeckx’. Short Communication to the 2017 Congress of Societas Liturgica, Leuven, August 2017.

‘The Sacramentary of Sarapion as Liturgical Expression of Athanasian Pneumatology’. Paper to the 2016 Conference of the Society for Liturgical Study, Mirfield, August 2016.



My doctoral research focuses on ritual in the sacramental theology of Edward Schillebeeckx. Bringing his unpublished archives into dialogue with more recent developments in sacramental theology and ritual theory, I am exploring what the role of ritual performance is in contemporary Christian sacramental practice.

Tom McLean

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