Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma

Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Catholic Theology

Department of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1 (ground floor, room E 13)
6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: + 43(0)512/507-8642

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  • born 1973 in Siegen/Westphalia
  • 1993 Abitur
  • 1995–2002 Student of Catholic Theology and Philosopy at the Universities Münster and Munich and the Munich School of Philosophy S.J.
  • 2002 degree of Diplom-Theologe (Münster University)
  • 2003–2006 Student of the Dr.-theol.-programme in liturgical studies at Innsbruck University
  • 2005–2006 Funded research on Gregorian Chant by the „Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds”, as such member of the Department of Historical Theology (since 2006: Department of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology)
  • 2006 Dr. theol. (Innsbruck University), doctorate with distinction
  • since Oct 1, 2006: Assistant Professor at the Department for Biblical Studies and Historical Theology
  • 2015 Habilitation, personal title of private lecturer (Privatdozent)

Offices and Memberships

Within the Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Dean of Studies, co-opted as a non-voting member to the Curriculum Commission (since 03/2021)
  • Member of the editorial board of the faculty's newsletter (since 12/2016, main editor until 02/2018)
  • Co-responsible for the faculty's websites ( (since summer 2010)
  • Webmaster of the Department of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology (10/2006–07/2011, again since 02/2015)
  • Organizer of the internal "brown bag meetings" on personal research projects (WS 2009/10—SS 2015
  • Responsible for the Research Database of the Department of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology (08/2011–06/2015)
  • Speaker of the Research Center „Synagogue and Churches” (10/2016–06/2021)
  • Deputy Head of the Department of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology (03/2017–02/2021; 07/2019–02/2020 acting Head in absence of Prof. Boris Repschinski SJ)
  • Chairman of the department assembly (03/2017–03/2019)
  • Faculty's officer for digital media, co-opted as a non-voting member to the Curriculum Commission (04/2017–02/2021)
Outside of the Faculty
  • Member of the AKL Junior (young scholars in the Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholischer Liturgiewissenschaftlerinnen und Liturgiewissenschaftler) (2006–2016)
  • Member of the Ecumenical Council of the diocese of Innsbruck (2009–2019; chairman 2012–2019)


Ongoing Research
  • Translation of Paul F. Bradshaw: Rites of Ordination. Their History and Theology (Liturgical Press, to be published in Österreichische Studien zu Liturgiewissenschaft und Sakramententheologie 2024)
  • Revised 5th edition of „Crashkurs Liturgie” (Pustet Verlag Regensburg, to be published in 2023 or 2024)
  • Introduction into meaning and expressive patterns of Catholicism (Pustet Verlag Regensburg, no timetable yet)
  • Article on Solemnities and Feasts of St. Mary (to be published Heiliger Dienst)
  • Article and lecture on psalms in Christian litury (for the 12th International AISCGre congress, to be published in Beiträge zur Gregorianik)
  • Article and lecture on Universal Prayer (to be published in Ecclesia orans)
  • submitted: Article on Liturgy of the Hours (for the Cambridge Companion to Christian Liturgy)
  • submitted: Article on the role of the parish priest as liturgical presider (for an anthology, to be published in 2023)
  • pandemiebedingt verschoben: Vorbereitung des internationalen Symposions zum 60. Geburtstag von Reinhard Meßner; Thema „Magie und Liturgie”; ursprünglich geplant für Do/Fr, 25./26. Juni 2020, Innsbruck
Projects of academic qualification

Dissertation (finished 2006, published 2009):

  • Interpretation of 30 communion antiphons de evangelio in the Gregorian Mass Proper de tempore
  • Application of the methodology of Gregorian Semiology to the individual chants
  • Summary findings
  • Usage of the manuscripts Einsiedeln 121, Laon 239, St. Gallen 339, and Bamberg 6

Habilitation (finished 2015, published 2017):

  • Commentary on the Compline in the Liturgia Horarum with special regard to
    a) the origins in ancient Latin monasticism,
    b) the reformation of the Compline in the 20th century,
    c) alternative patterns in current monasticism and outside the Latin church,
    d) recently developed patterns for today's practice
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