Welcome to PCS 501: Eucharist: Embracing an Open Table

This course covers the development of the sacrament of the Eucharist from atonement theology to a theology of blessing, supports pastoral leaders in developing and praying contemporary Eucharistic celebrations through the liturgical year and builds a database of creative resources for a contemporary lectionary.

Principal Texts

Dianne Bergant. Preaching the New Lectionary (A, B, C)

Joseph Martos. Deconstructing Sacramental Theology, Reconstructing Catholic
Ritual (sections on Eucharist designated by instructor).

Diarmuid O’Murchu. Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate and O’Murchu’s online
publication- “Eucharist in Turmoil”

Other References:

Mary E. Collingwood, “Eucharistic Liturgy Template with Annotations”

Bruce Sanguin. If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics

Course Format

This course is offered as an independent study or in a cohort model. This course uses a blog format (www.blogger.com) to foster an interactive learning community between students and instructor. Students post their assignments and are encouraged to comment on each other’s posts.


Students complete six reflections/mini projects over a 12-week period, and one final culmination paper. Through the reflections and projects, students articulate a contemporary understanding of Eucharist as a sacred meal around a friendship table as they construct Eucharistic celebrations for their Christian communities.

Course Facilitator

Mary Eileen Collingwood, MTh, ARCWP is a wife, mother, grandmother, educator, and member of the presiding team at the Community of St. Bridget, Inclusive Catholic Community in Brecksville, OH. She cantors and presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings, offers sacramental ministry, and serves ARCWP as bishop. She earned her Certificate in Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland, OH, and Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, OH. Mary Eileen was ordained a priest in Brecksville, OH on May 24, 2014, and ordained a bishop in Wallingford, PA on September 24, 2015.

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Course Cost: $100 

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