Mitchell, (Rev. Dr.) Leonel Lake. Papers

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Mitchell, (Rev. Dr.) Leonel Lake. Papers


  • 1958-2012 (Creation)


8 cu.ft. (8 boxes)

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Leonel Lake Mitchell was born on July 23, 1930 in New York. He earned his undergraduate degree in sacred theology from Berkeley Divinity School and his master’s degree from the General Theological Seminary. In 1954 he was ordained as a deacon and a priest of the Episcopal Church. In 1964, Mitchell received a doctorate in liturgics from General Theological Seminary, the first ever awarded by an Episcopal seminary. In 1971, after eighteen years serving as a parish priest in the dioceses of Albany and New York, Leonel Mitchell and his family moved to South Bend, IN so he could pursue a full-time teaching career as an assistant professor of liturgics at the University of Notre Dame. In 1978, Mitchell went on to become professor of liturgics as well as a lecturer in Church history and liturgy at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, remaining on the faculty for 27 years until his retirement in 2005. Considered an expert in his field, Mitchell authored ten books including Praying Shapes Believing, which has been used by countless liturgical professors and students since its publication. He was also instrumental in revising the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

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This archive comprises the personal papers of the Rev. Dr. Leonel Lake Mitchell, primarily from his time spent teaching liturgics at The University of Notre Dame and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. It includes: liturgical materials, particularly on baptism and ministry; authored works on the subject of liturgics; correspondence and course materials; and memorabilia.


Personal Records, 1949-2011
Liturgical Files, 1949-2010
Subject Files, 1952-2010
Sermons, 1952-2007
Authored Works, 1961-1999
Publishing Records, 1976-2011
Works by Others, 1961-2009
Course Materials, 1961-2003
Conferences and Workshops, 1966-1999
Published Works Collected, n.d.

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  • English

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