Fr. Andrew D. Ciferni, O.Praem.
Director for the Center of Norbertine Studies
B.A., St. Norbert College
S.T.L., Gregorian University (Rome)
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Fr. Andrew Dominic Ciferni, O.Praem. is a member of the Norbertine community at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA. He is a 1964 graduate of St. Norbert College, holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He received an honorary doctorate from St. Norbert College in October 2002 when he was the Heidgen Chair lecturer. He has been and remains an adjunct member of the Religious Studies faculty of the College. Father Ciferni has served on the Board of Trustees of the College and was instrumental in the establishment of the College’s Center for Norbertine Studies. He is a member of the editorial board for the book series Premonstratensian Texts and Studies.
Father Ciferni is a founding member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He was an assistant professor of homiletics and liturgy at the Catholic University of America (1987-1991) and professor of liturgy at the Washington Theological Union (1991-1997) where he was also the academic dean (1995-1997). He also served as an advisor to the USCCB Committee on Liturgy.
Father Ciferni’ s doctoral dissertation studied the Norbertine Order’s transformed vision of its liturgical life in the period immediately before the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) up to and including the Order’s writing and approval of its new Constitutions (1968-1970) and the General Chapter of 1976. Since 1974 Father Ciferni has been a member of various international commissions of the Order (liturgy, spirituality, lay associates). He is the chair of the Order’s Commission for Associates and is a member of the Commission preparing the next version of the Order’s Constitutions. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Archmere Academy in Claymont, Dela.