Johan van Parys, Ph.D.

Johan van Parys, Ph.D.

Johan van Parys, Ph.D.

Johan van Parys, a native of Belgium holds graduate degrees in art history and comparative religious studies from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium and an MA and Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

He has been Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis since 1995. In addition, Johan regularly teaches at St. John’s School of Theology.

He is founding member and current President of the MN/ND Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He also serves on the international board of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.

Johan enjoys consulting with parishes on a variety of topics relating to liturgy and the arts. He is an award winning author. His book Symbols that Surround Us (Liguori) was published in 2012 and What’s the Smoke for. And other Burning Questions about the Liturgy (Liturgical Press) was published in 2014.