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Preserving the Place and Practice of Eucharistic Prayer: An Ecumenical Survey of Christian Pastors

What values do pastors of differing Christian traditions share when celebrating Eucharist in sacred spaces? Introduction: Current Challenges to Eucharistic Place and Piety For some thirty-five years I have served Roman Catholic parish communities throughout the United States as a liturgical educator, designer and consultant, a tripartite lay ministry, as I see it, inseparable from […]


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Chalkware Catholicism: The Aims and Art of Catholic Statuary Reconsidered

What does a sacramental imagination make of the religiously mundane? Sleeping Among the Saints “Chalkware Catholicism” is a phrase I coined some time ago in my writing on sacred art and architecture to describe an approach to the faith, once widespread among the faithful, that relied heavily on the plaster statuary — or “chalkware” — […]






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A Refugee Family

This article was originally given as a homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, 29 December 2019. The Holy Family was a refugee family. There is little doubt about this. We hear in the Gospel of Matthew that King Herod was determined to kill the Christ child. So, an angel appears in a dream […]


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Topiary, Aviary, Bestiary, Breviary: An Organic Reading of Church Architecture

What do our great church buildings tell us about our relationship to creation? Our Mechanized Environment The Swiss-born Modernist architect LeCorbusier (1887-1965) is credited with having inspired several generations of architects throughout the world to regard their art as one aligned with the mechanization of human life, something akin to the business of boilermakers or […]