The Georgetown Center for Liturgy Mourns the Unexpected Death of Founder and Director, Father Larry Madden, S.J.

(Maryland) Father Lawrence Joseph Madden, S.J., 78, died on May 30, 2011 at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  He was a Jesuit for 59 years and a priest for 46 years.

Father Lawrence J. Madden, son of Lawrence J. Madden and Maria Agnes Scally, was born on May 18, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pa.  Following graduation from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, he entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1951 at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pa., where he pronounced his First Vows on July 31, 1953.  After pursuing Juniorate (College) Studies in the Humanities at Wernersville from 1953 to 1955, Father Madden studied Philosophy and English from 1955 to 1958 at Loyola Seminary (Fordham University), Shrub Oak, N.Y. from which he received a B.A. degree in 1957 and a M.A. degree in 1959.

From 1958 to 1961, Father Madden, a Jesuit Scholastic, taught English, Mathematics and Religion at Scranton Preparatory School, Scranton, Pa., before being sent to study Theology from 1961 to 1965 at Woodstock College in Maryland, where he was ordained to the priesthood by Lawrence Cardinal Shehan, Archbishop of Baltimore, on June 14, 1964.  Father Madden completed his Tertianship at St. Robert's Hall, Pomfret, Conn., from 1965 to 1966 and made his Final Profession in the Society of Jesus at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. on November 6, 1971.

Following graduate studies at the Liturgical Institute of the Theological Faculty at the University of Trier, Germany from 1966 to 1968, where he received the S.T.D. degree in 1971, Father Madden then served as Professor of Pastoral Theology (1968-1971) and Superior of the Jesuit Community (1969-1971) at Woodstock College in Maryland and Professor of Pastoral Theology (1970-1971) at Woodstock College in New York.

In 1971, Father Madden was sent to Washington, D.C., where he was to remain for the next forty years, engaged in various ministries in the area. From 1971 to 1981, he held the offices of Director of Campus Ministries and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Georgetown University as well as Vice-Superior at  Campion House (1972-1981).  From 1981 to 2000, residing at Holy Trinity Rectory, he served as Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Spirituality and the Arts, Parochial Vicar (1981-1993) and Pastor and Superior of the Holy Trinity Jesuit Community of Holy Trinity Church (1993-2000).

After a Sabbatical at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., from 2000 to 2001, Father Madden returned to Washington, D.C. as Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy from 2001 to 2011 at Georgetown University, where he also held assignments as Professor of Theology (2003-2004), Professorial Lecturer in Theology (2004-2011), and Editorial Director of EnVisionChurch, a website devoted to liturgy, spirituality and the arts (2009-2011) until his death.