the Catholic Times
On Oct. 6, from 9-10:30 a.m., Dr. Denis McNamara, assistant director and faculty member at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and today’s foremost expert on Edward Schulte, will discuss his life and work, highlighting in a special way the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. Come learn how our very own Cathedral – now celebrating its 50th anniversary – stands as one of the most significant designs of an architect of national prominence and plays a part in an important, but little-known movement, in liturgical architecture. [I believe called "End of the World" architecture, you know, before churches stopped looking like churches]
McNamara holds a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art from Yale University and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where he concentrated his research on the study of ecclesiastical architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries. He makes a specialty of bridging the gap between the Church’s great artistic tradition and the documents of the Second Vatican Council. He has also done groundbreaking research on the sacramental meaning of the classical architectural tradition.
His 2009 book “Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy” (Hillenbrand Books), was honored in two categories by the Catholic Press Association, and his newest title, “How to Read Churches: A Crash Course In Christian Architecture” (Rizzoli, 2011) is published in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French.
I've got the second book, very good, worth having on your bookshelf. I haven't read the first yet but I hear it's killa. Creative Minority Report has posted several talks by "D Mac".
I worry this will end up being an apologia for the current state of the Cathedral, but maybe he will make the case that it is clear certain aspects of the La Crosse Cathedral miss the mark. I can't build my Basilica here. I know. I am hopeful there are lessons learned from the construction of this Cathedral that new constructions can learn from.