Guadalupe Shrine Architect Says Churches Must Be Beautiful to Reflect Faith

New book is meant to guide pastors, parishioners and architects as they set out to renovate or build new churches.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Because they help impart the Catholic faith to the world, Church buildings have a responsibility to reflect God’s beauty, says architect and author Duncan Stroik.

“You learn your faith through the [church] building; they’re sermons in stone, and that’s why they’re so important,” said Stroik, a professor at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

“There’s no question in my mind that the architecture we built in the last 40 years did not help us in retaining the faith of the young and didn’t do a great job in evangelizing,” added Stroik, who penned the recent book The Church Building as a Sacred Place (December 2012, Liturgy Training Publications).

“Generations of people have grown up in these banal buildings, which have taught them either nothing or the wrong things about the faith, and that’s why architecture is so important.”
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1 comment:

  1. I certainly think there are many terrible modern churches, but that being said, the Shrine in La Crosse is a real mystery to me. It's a neo-classical italianate shrine to a Mexican apparition. It has nothing to do with the people, the place, the ethnic heritage or the era of the people building it. And it's only a couple hours away from the only approved Champion, Wisconsin apparition site.

    It's a pleasant enough place; and I especially like the paintings inside. But as a native son of this diocese, I have my reservations and questions.


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