Rev. Innocent Smith, O.P.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Pastoral Studies
B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.Div./S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
S.T.L., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Ph.D. (Dr. theol.), Universität Regensburg
Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. entered Order of Preachers in 2008 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. From 2015 to 2018, Fr. Innocent served as parochial vicar at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena in New York City. From 2018 to 2021, he lived in Munich while completing a doctorate in liturgical studies at the University of Regensburg. From 2021 to 2023, Fr. Innocent served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. In 2023, he joined the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception.
Fr. Innocent’s teaching and research interests include liturgy, homiletics, sacramental theology, ecclesiology, and sacred music. His S.T.L. thesis, “In Collecta Dicitur: The Oration as a Theological Authority for Thomas Aquinas,” explored the importance of the liturgy as a source for scholastic theology. His monograph Bible Missals and the Medieval Dominican Liturgy focuses on medieval manuscripts of the Bible that also contain liturgical texts for the celebration of Mass.
Bible Missals and the Medieval Dominican Liturgy (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023).
Articles and Book Chapters
“The Orations of the Medieval Dominican Liturgy,” in The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music, and Liturgy, ed. Eleanor J. Giraud and Christian T. Leitmeir (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021): 285–98. (Peer-reviewed)
“‘Lest the sisters lose devotion’: Dominican Liturgy and the Cura Monialium Question in the Thirteenth Century,” in The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music, and Liturgy, ed. Eleanor J. Giraud and Christian T. Leitmeir (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021): 321–33. (Peer-reviewed)
“Beyond the Initials: Melodic Evidence for the Liturgical Origin of a Regensburg Antiphonary,” in Gottesdienst in Regensburger Institutionen: Zur Vielfalt liturgischer Traditionen in der Vormoderne, ed. Harald Buchinger and Sabine Reichert, Forum Mittelalter Studien 18 (Regensburg: Verlag Schnell und Steiner, 2021), 295–306.
“Medieval Encounters with the Propers of the Mass,” Worship 95 (2021): 267–77. (Peer-reviewed)
“St. Thomas Aquinas and the Early Christian Virgin Martyrs,” Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum n.s. 4 (2019): 5–36. (Peer-reviewed)
“1 Timothy 2, 1 and the Expositiones Missae of Thomas Aquinas,” Sacris Erudiri 58 (2019): 203–19. (Peer-reviewed)
“Scriptural Plurality in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas: The Case of Psalm 67, 7,” European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas 37 (2019): 49–64. (Peer reviewed)
“Gospel Antiphons and the Concordance between Mass and Office,” Antiphon 23 (2019): 78–87. (Peer-reviewed)
“Liturgical Prayer and the Theology of Mercy in Thomas Aquinas and Pope Francis,” Theological Studies 79 (2018): 782–800. (Peer-reviewed)
“The Feast of the Nativity and the Christology of Yves Congar,” Worship 92 (2018): 551–59. (Peer-reviewed)
“The Use and Abuse of Computers in Liturgical Research,” in New Research on Old Chant, ed. Kate Helsen (Kitchener, Ontario: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2018), 111–30.
“The Divine Office and the Dominican Life,” Sacred Music 145:2 (2018): 33–43.