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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 […]


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“Warming” Modernist Church Architecture: A Response and a Way Forward

In this article Patrick Dolan thoughtfully engages Michael DeSanctis’ article, “The Truth About “Cold,” Modernist Church Architecture” In his article “The Truth about ‘Cold’ Modernist Architecture” in the March/April 2020 issue of Emmanuel Dr. Michael DeSanctis deftly describes the concern and frustration a number of Catholic faithful and even some clergy feel about many of […]


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Living Laudato Si’

Addressing the many issues Pope Francis identifies in Laudato Si’ can seem like a daunting task. How can your parish begin? This past June, I had the privilege of being invited to attend Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series On Our Common Home. The gathering was the first of three biennial […]




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Church Buildings and the Disciplining of the Mind: Bringing an Un-Churched Generation into Sacred Spaces

With beautiful historic church buildings crumbling, and Catholic demographics shifting, how do we share the rich heritage of sacred architecture with an un-churched generation? Several years ago, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched its ingenious “I Look Up” campaign, an attempt to raise public literacy about the art of building by encouraging people of […]