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Martin B. Hellriegel papers

Collection MS-2003-040: Martin B. Hellriegel papers


  • Creation: 1923 - 1990

Scope and Contents

Martin B. Hellriegel papers are comprised of articles, audio tapes, correspondence, diaries, lectures, pamphlets, publications, and sermons. The collection primarily concerns Hellriegel's contributions to the liturgical movement in the Catholic Church, which advocated for increased participation in and understanding of liturgy by lay Catholics. Hellriegel was especially active in teaching, preaching, and creating new settings for Masses and other services. The collection also includes materials produced during Hellriegel's regular activities as a parish priest and chaplain to religious sisters, and correspondence with friends, family, and colleagues.


Language of Materials

Materials are predominately in English, with some in German or Latin.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Audio and video recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

A Catholic priest and author, Martin B. Hellriegel was born in Heppenheim, Germany, in 1890, and came to the United States in 1906. In 1914, he was ordained in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where he served as chaplain to the Precious Blood Sisters in O'Fallon, Missouri, and then pastor at the Holy Cross Cathedral in St. Louis. Hellriegel became a leader in the liturgical movement, which sought to renew lay congregants' participation in and understanding of the services of worship. To advance this movement, he contributed to Orate Fratres (an American Catholic liturgical review journal later published as Worship), wrote books and hymns, and taught at conferences and other gatherings. He was a founding member of the national Liturgical Conference in 1940. He died in 1981 at the convent in O'Fallon, Missouri, where he had previously served.


Diekmann, Godfrey L. "Martin Hellriegel, 1891-1981". Worship, Vol. 55, No. 3, May 1981.

Last illness and funeral, Box 1, Folder 27, Martin B. Hellriegel papers, MS.2003.040, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.


9 Linear Feet (19 containers)

62 Gigabytes (Approximately 9.5 hours of audio and 0.5 hours of video)


Martin B. Hellriegel papers are comprised of sermons, articles, pamphlets, publications, lectures, diaries, audio tapes and correspondence of Hellriegel, a mid-twentieth century Catholic priest who served in St. Louis, Missouri. The collection primarily concerns the liturgical movement in the Catholic Church, especially in relation to the Liturgical Conference.


The collection is arranged into three series: I. Correspondence; II. Personal; and III. Writings. The Writings series is further arranged into three subseries: A. Teaching and learning; B. Preaching; and C. Collected.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

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Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

Records of the Liturgical Conference associated with this collection have been transferred to the Liturgical Conference records (MS.2004.092). These include official correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and similar records.

  • Income tax and social security documents, duplicate materials, map of the Vatican.
Martin B. Hellriegel Papers
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John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States