Rev. Dr. R. Bruce Cinquegrani, Visiting Assistant Professor, joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at CBU in 2015 after serving two years as an adjunct professor here. Father Bruce also serves as the chaplain for the CBU community.
He received his D. Min. in Liturgical Theology from Barry University in 2014. He also holds a B. A. in Religious Studies from Assumption College (1973), an M. Div. from St. Meinrad School of Theology (1979), and an M. A. in Liturgical Theology from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend (1986).
Ordained to the Catholic Priesthood in 1979 for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Father Bruce has served as Associate Pastor at St. Ann, Bartlett, Chaplain and Director of Catechesis at Bishop Byrne High School, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese, Secretary for Worship and Spiritual Life, as well as Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle, in Somerville, TN, for four years, pastor of St. Ann in Bartlett for fourteen years, Pastor of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Memphis for eleven years and currently as pastor of Saint Anne Church on Highland were he has served since 2017. He also serves as a consultant for the diocesan Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Memphis.
His academic interests are in the field of liturgical/sacramental theology with a particular focus on the relationship between the human sciences and liturgy, specifically the area of the psychology of ritual and worship. Because it is a closely related field, ecclesiology is also of great interest. His dissertation is titled: “Liturgy Engaged: An Exploration of Liturgical Participation as an Act of Human Empathy.” He has been a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy since 1988 and the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions since 1986.